Meeting with Stakeholders:
BKF organized a meeting with stakeholders on 18 October 2016 from 11 am to 1 pm at Barisal Mohila Club, Bell’s Park. The objectives of the meeting were to exchange views with our stakeholders on the development of the consolidated vision to identify the way towards the future visions.
More than 90 people were present in the meeting from various sectors of Barisal such as political parties, government organizations and print media. Rehana Begum- Vice Chairman, Barisal Sadar Upazila, Ex Counselor- Minu Rahman, President of Sadar Upazila Mohila Awami League- Parvin Jahan Parul and woman senior leader from Bangladesh Krishok Federation- Rehana Begum Mitu spoke at the event and expressed solidarity with the farmers promising better communication and linkage with government facilities. As representative of Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate of Barisal, Dr. Gazi Md. Saifuzzaman, ADC Md Abul Kalam Azad visited the program and expressed willingness to take part in future initiatives. Executive Engineer, Barisal division from BADC, Chonchol Kumar Mistry also visited to show support.
The interaction focused on developing a working model for engagement with government and civil society and offered a platform for FOs to learn from other stakeholders. The meetings created a visible repercussion in the town area. There was an open floor session where students, activists and farmers expressed their opinions and reached a common understanding of the harm done by hybrid, GMO and pesticides through agribusiness.
Meeting with NGO:
On 18 October 2016, from 3 pm to 5 pm, Bangladesh Krishok Federation organized a meeting with NGOs at Barisal Mohila Club, Bell’s Park. 13 NGOs participated in a panel discussion facilitated by Meghna Alam, coordinator of Bangladesh Krishok Federation for MTCP2 and technical assistant for Via Campesina Bangladesh. All the organizations engaged in a sharing of updates on their activities to explore the possibility of more in-depth collaboration on building networks, participating in policy dialogue that directly impacts farmers and providing technical training to members.
The meeting ended with executive directors, regional managers and coordinators of different NGOs speaking at the podium focusing on the scope of engagement for us in future for developing a model that strengthen small farmers and traditional agriculture speeding up the development process of the country and its people in turn.
To promote farmers’ production and to improve the availability of locally produced seed to farmers, Bangladesh Krishok Federation organized a seed fair with support from MTCP2 on 19 October 2016 at Barisal Town Hall from 10 am to 5 pm.
Four stalls were erected at the open space in front of Barisal Town Hall, each containing 10-15 varieties of local seeds of paddy and vegetables. Farmers were free to sell or barter seeds with each other and local people at the fair. The fair enabled evaluation of the level of diversity within the area and to assess lack of biodiversity and to increase local seed availability. Rehana Begum- Vice Chairman, Barisal Sadar Upazila and Saima Begum- Executive Director of Anggikar came to visit the fair.
Meghna Alam, Bangladesh Krishok Federation Coordinator for MTCP2.