The first of five training of trainers was launched in Mushroom Center, Savar for the Ministry of Agriculture’s Agriculture, Nutrition, and Gender Linkages (ANGeL) pilot project. From April 19-21, 25 Sub-Assistant Agriculture Officers (SAAOs) from 14 districts (Tangail, Narsingdi, Khagrachhari, Barisal, Pirojpur, Gaibandha, Jessore, Chuadanga, Sylhet, Bogra, Naogaon, Mymensingh, Lalmonirhat, and Chittagong) received specialized training on agriculture production. To facilitate mobile money payments to project participants, SAAOs received training on mobile money from the USAID-funded Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research Activity (mSTAR) Project and Dutch Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL).
Currently, SAAOs are at the forefront of community-level agriculture extension. The participating SAAOs will disseminate knowledge to 25 households on ways to boost agriculture production for high-value and high-nutritive value crops.
Trainings are jointly organized by the Agricultural Policy Support Unit of the Ministry of Agriculture and Helen Keller International (HKI), with technical assistance from the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Policy Research and Strategy Support Program.