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.

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Imams can play role in disseminating agricultural innovations

Published: 27 April, 2019

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The program aimed to strengthen capacity of religious leaders for information sharing on agriculture, food and nutrition through the applications of modern agricultural technology

“Imams can play significant role in disseminating agricultural innovations. They should be inspired to learn about modern technology of agriculture so that they can educate and engage the community to avail the benefits of agricultural innovations for sustainable food security”, said Kazi Nurul Islam, secretary and director general (additional charge) of Islamic Foundation, at a workshop on Wednesday.

He said this at a capacity building workshop held at the Imam Training Academy (ITA) Auditorium in Dhaka. Framing Future Bangladesh (FFB) with technical assistant of Islamic Foundation, organized the day long Training of Trainers (ToT) session, titled “Agricultural Innovation and Applications of Agri-biotechnology for Sustainable Food Security in Bangladesh” for Imams and Imam trainers and officials of Imam Training Academy.

The program aimed to strengthen capacity of religious leaders for information sharing on agriculture, food and nutrition through the applications of modern agricultural technology in particular applications of agri-biotechnology for sustainable food security in Bangladesh.

A total of 80 participants including Imams, ITA Trainers, Scientists, officials of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), Cornell Alliance for Science and Farming Future Bangladesh attended the program. 

Participants learned the status and prospect of agricultural innovations, effectiveness and access to innovation to address the challenges and how effectively they can disseminate evidence based information for social awareness on the acceptance of safer and nutritious food.

The program also focused on religious views specially aligned with the Islamic references.

In addition, they learned skills and best practices for science communication and community engagement for ensuring sustainable food security in Bangladesh.

Kazi Nurul Islam addressed the training as a great opportunity for Imams to enhance their knowledge and perception on modern science and innovations regarding food, agriculture and nutrition.

Muhammad Jalal Ahmed, Director, ITA, said that religious leaders are the most powerful and reliable influencers for social mobilization. 

FFB is a comprehensive communications initiative to help improve awareness on modern agricultural innovations including crop biotechnology in Bangladesh. 

Based in Dhaka, it operates under the auspices of Cornell Alliance for Science of the Cornell University with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.