Farming Future Bangladesh (FFB) is a comprehensive communications initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help improve awareness about modern agricultural innovations including crop biotechnology in Bangladesh.

Policy Advocacy​

Working with public sector scientists, university students and key senior influencers, FFB will develop a strategic plan that will advocate for policy and administrative changes to make the Bangladesh biosafety regulatory system predictable, science-based, and consistent with international best practices.

FFB will provide technical support, communications training and other resources to coalition of stakeholders implementing the strategic plan that will advocate for a more predictable, science-based regulatory system.

It is expected that Bangladesh biosafety regulatory system will be improved to give developers, stakeholders and the public confidence that decisions will be made in a timely fashion based on scientific evidence and consistent with international best practices.

National Round Table Discussion

Farming Future Bangladesh has initiated a ‘Agri-Biotech Advocacy Alliance (AAA)’ in Bangladesh. The first-round table discussion of this alliance was held at IRRI Bangladesh Office, Dhaka, Bangladesh with an intention to creating an advocacy platform in Bangladesh to coordinate the comprehensive efforts of policy advocacy and awareness building of agri-biotechnology issues. The proposed “Advocacy Group of Agri-biotechnology in Bangladesh” Alliance will help to connect and engage experts from multiple disciplines to ensure sustainable food security to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and help policymakers, researchers, academia, students, media people, and others understand the complexity of agribiotechnology and modern agriculture to keep pace with the competitive global development scenario to become a developed country by 2041. A Concept Note, Participant list and meeting Proceedings can be found in Annexure.

USAID/Bangladesh and the US Embassy, Dhaka, joined by Farming Future Bangladesh organized an off-the-record informational discussion with USAID's Chief Scientist Rob Bertram along with 10 national key journalists about biotech and biosafety on September 12, 2019 at American Club Dhaka. The discussion session also joined by renowned scientists Dr. Jiban Krishna Biswas, National Consultant, Healthier Rice Program-IRRI Bangladesh, Former Director General, BRRI and Advisor to FFB; and Dr. Zeba Islam Seraj, Professor and Chair, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Dhaka. In this roundtable session the journalists talked about the role of biotechnology in food security and food safety, and the leading role Bangladesh is playing in this area. Md Arif Hossain, CEO and ED, Farming Future Bangladesh facilitated the discussion.

Seminar with Ministry of Agriculture and BIRTAN

With an aim to raise awareness of agri-biotechnology among the nutrition and medical communities, FFB organized a training on the applications of agri-biotechnology in ensuring nutrition and food security.

The training, titled “Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building on Applications of Agri-biotechnology for Nutrition and Food Security”, was hosted in collaboration with the Bangladesh Institute of Research and Training on Applied Nutrition (BIRTAN). Attendees included, among others, nutrition experts of BIRTAN, representatives of the medical community, and prominent scientists and officials working in the agriculture sector. More than, twenty-five participants and representatives from BIRTAN, Agricultural Policy Support Unit (AFSU), Seed Certification Agency (SCA), Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE); Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation, Horticulture Wing (BADC); International Potato Centre (CIP) and EU SWITCH-Asia II Project, SNV Netherlands Development Organization attended the event.