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Ispahani arm ties up with Solidaridad to bolster agro input supply

logo_ispahani_42404Ispahani Agro Limited and Solidaridad Network Asia on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen the agro-input supply aiming to increase the productivity of the smallholders in southwest Bangladesh.

The MoU was signed at the Ispahani Building at Motijheel. Country Manager of Solidaridad Network Asia Selim Reza Hasan and Business Development Manager of Ispahani Agro Limited signed the MoU on their respective sides, according to a press statement.

Sayed Hasan, Chief Operating Officer of M.M ISPAHANI LIMITED, Shakil Anwar, Programme and Partnership Manager of Solidaridad Network Asia and officials from both organisations were present at the signing ceremony.

According to a statement, the broad objective of the collaboration is to accelerate the growth of the agricultural sector and impact on sustainable and safe food production. Under this partnership, Solidaridad and Ispahani Agro Limited will work together to improve the efficiency for the backward and forward market linkages for agricultural supply chain development.

Both the organisations will work together to establish a well-functioning seed distribution system that increases incomes and food and nutrition security for the smallholders.

“This would be done through piloting the technology/seed variety/species with interested farmers to observe location specific result; establishment of demo plots and farmers field day on sustainable farming practices at farm level; establishment of agro-input shops and mobile agro-input seller; and capacity development of farmers and market actors on farm management and food safety,” the press statement says.

Country Manager of Solidaridad Network Asia Selim Reza Hasan said, ‘We are working to develop an inclusive safe and sustaianable food supply chain where the Ispahani Agro Limited can add value for the sustainable business promotion. There is an increasing need to develop trained human resources in the agricultural supply chain for the promotion and adoption of good agricultural practices from production to post harvest management in order to maintain the national and international code of conduct for food safety and product certification. “

Under the SaFaL project, Solidaridad developed a platform of 57,000 collectivised farmers organised in 1,000 Producer groups and 500 trained Lead Farmers. These could be the wings of Ispahani Agro to develop a sustainable backwrad and forward market linkages in the southwest Bangladesh to improve the efficiency of agricultural supply chain from production to end market.

Business development Manager of Ispahani Agro Ltd. Ashraf Uddin said, ‘Both organizations are working with a similar goal of developing a safe food supply chain. This collaboration is a milestone for them in developing an inclusive agricultural supply chain to promote sustainable business growth and the economic development of Bangladesh’.”

Ispahani Agro Limited started ago-business with a vision of ‘Safe Food for Better Life’. With the mission of ‘One stop agriculture’ Ispahani Agro Limited is working to provide environment friendly agro-inputs to the farmers for safe food production, infrastructural support for agro-processing and sustainable supply chain development to ensure safe food to reach the consumers.

Solidaridad envisions a world in which all we produce, and all we consume, can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other, and the future generations .Solidaridad is globally working across 56 countries to bring together supply chain actors and engage them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all.

Solidaridad, with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Bangladesh, is implementing the Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Linkages (SaFaL) programme for improving food and nutrition security for 57,000 farm households, disadvantaged landless workers and women in the southwest Bangladesh. SaFaL interventions focusing on producer support for sustainable local ecosystem based enterprise- agriculture, value addition and market efficiency, promoting accessibility and availability of certified and safe food for the consumers.

Source: Financial Express

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