Farming Future Bangladesh (FFB) is a comprehensive communication and community engagement organization, aimed to improve access to modern agricultural innovations for sustainable food security in Bangladesh. Based in Dhaka, it operates under the auspices of the Cornell Alliance for Science, an initiative of Cornell University, USA, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
FFB shares evidence-based information about social, economic, and environmental benefits of modern agricultural innovations including application of biotechnology to breed crops, especially those that can boost the nutritional content of staple foods, such as rice enriched with vitamins and minerals. FFB is based on the premise that agricultural innovations are an important tool to help Bangladesh feed its 160 million people and give farmers and consumers access to safer, healthier and nutritious food.
FFB is effectively engaging key stakeholders and community of advocates who are working in a coordinated way to promote access to scientific innovations as a means of enhancing food security, improving environmental sustainability and raising the quality of life. Other planned activities include initiating a skill development programs for scientists, agriculture extension officials, faith based groups and media professionals, implementing a competitive media fellowship and a national media awards program; youth engagement and skill development program for public universities in Bangladesh, communication and outreach for farmers, consumers, medical and nutrition professionals, maintaining an informative website and engaging the masses through social media.
Farming Future Bangladesh is working in coordination and consultation with national and international experts and professionals. Md. Arif Hossain, CEO and Executive Director of Farming Future Bangladesh is leading the project in close collaboration and supervision of the Cornell Alliance for Science. The FFB Advisory Board is comprised of national and international scientists and sectoral experts, including Dr. Ronnie Coffman, Dr. Anthony Shelton, Mr.Hamidur Rahman, Dr. Jiban Krishna Biswas, Ms. Michelle Adelman, Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Mr. Abraham Manalo, Dr. Vijay K Ragavan, Dr. Vijay Paranjape, Mr. Brantley Browning and Dr. Sarah Davidson Evanega.