Farming Future Bangladesh is working in coordination and consultation with national and international experts, professionals, research institutes, and key stakeholders like Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Cotton Development Board (CDB), Bangladesh Institute of Research and Training on Applied Nutrition (BIRTAN), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Feed the Future South Asia Eggplant Improvement Partnership (Bt eggplant project), Feed the Future Biotechnology Potato Partnership (LBR Potato project), USAID Bangladesh, and Cornell Alliance for Science.
Key voices from the medical community have been engaged
in Farming Future Bangladesh communication and outreach
activities. Under this activity, FFB has engaged the
pro-biotech voices from the medical and health community
and mobilized them to write news articles and share
science-based credible information.
FFB is working with BIRTAN, a national-level nutrition network, and council for capacity building of agribiotech and biotech communications issues to amplify messages about GE and transgenic crops of Bangladesh.
The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), under
the Ministry of Agriculture is vital for the
demonstration and adoption of new agricultural
technology including GM crops in Bangladesh. FFB has
engaged field-level DAE and the current Director-General
of DAE at the AFS Fellowship and Executive program.
Along with that, officials from the extension service
and other relevant departments and institutes have been
engaged in capacity-building programs on science
communication with a focus on agribiotechnology issues.
The communications and outreach activities of the Farming Future Bangladesh are complementary to the works of the National Agricultural Research System and concerning projects. Our partnership and collaboration with Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and Golden Rice project officials helped us successfully implement the country's first specialized knowledge sharing and capacity building program for the leading agricultural journalists.
More than that, over 15 public and private research institutes have joined our 'Youth for Science' campaign and the number is gradually growing.