Deal signed to promote sustainable food security

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Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque and Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister David Marit were present at the occasion

The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) of Canada’s University of Saskatchewan and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) signed an agreement at a Dhaka hotel on Monday to help promote sustainable food security in the country.

The agreement included establishing a Bangabandhu Chair at GIFS, linked to a similar position at BARC in recognition of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s pursuit of food security, and also establishing an agricultural technology centre named “Bangabandhu – Pierre Elliot Trudeau Agricultural Technology Centre” in Bangladesh, said a press release.

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque and Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister David Marit were present at the occasion.

Razzaque mentioned the country’s recent achievements in agriculture alongside the daunting challenges like declining and degrading land resources, decreasing water resources, increasing natural hazards and climate change vulnerability.

David Marit said the relationship would further strengthen Bangladesh-Canada ties to work towards an agricultural future that can provide food security for billions.

The five-year MoU, with the provision for further extension, aimed at advancing knowledge and technologies for agricultural research and development in Bangladesh.

As per the provisions of the signed deal, a consortium will jointly be led by GIFS and BARC, which coordinates the National Agricultural Research System (NARS) in Bangladesh.

The consortium will work with partners in Canada and Bangladesh to deliver programs focused on enhancing farmer incomes, addressing the adverse impacts of climate change in Bangladesh, thereby strengthening the country’s delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

The Saskatchewan province is a leading Canadian agri-food exporter, with $12.9 billion in sales in 2019.

Canada’s major agricultural exports are lentils, wheat, peas and potash (fertilizer).