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EU project to improve food security implemented

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Staff Reporter The European Union (EU) has implemented a 3.6 million euros (approx Tk 40 crore ) project to contribute to one of the EU’s key cooperation priorities in Bangladesh to improve food security and nutrition. EU Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon on Tuesday addressed delegates at the closing workshop for the 'Agriculture and Nutrition Extension Project’ (ANEP) at the city’s Lakeshore Hotel. “ANEP which is closing now is a success story. I could witness during a field visit to Barisal that the project has a direct impact on the betterment of the local communities. I salute the commitment and professionalism of all those who have contributed to this achievement,” he said. To implement the project in Bangladesh, iDE, as lead agency, joined hands with seven other partners - CIMMYT, WorldFish, IRRI, Save the Children, CEAPRED, BES Nepal and CODEC. The project was implemented in a consortium approach, with staff members seconded from implementing organizations into a project management structure designed to maximize efficiency in delivery. The project activities have successfully reached over 40,000 farmer households in Bangladesh with new and emerging agricultural technologies, and increased the nutritional status of 10,000 households directly through nutrition education. The project had a regional dimension as similar activities were also implemented in Nepal and, both Bangladesh and Nepal, benefited from exchange visits, sharing of experience and successful technologies. The workshop discussed key findings and lessons learned from the ANEP Bangladesh final evaluation. The event was hosted by senior members of the iDE and ANEP leadership team including Deepak Khadka, Country Director of iDE Bangladesh; Richard Rose, Project Coordinator of ANEP Bangladesh and Dr Luke Colavito, ANEP project leader at iDE Nepal. It featured a multi-disciplinary panel discussion on technology commercialization and food security which comprised of Michael Foley, Director of Health and Nutrition at Save the Children; Marie Cadrin, Chief of Party at ACDI-VOCA; Arman Khan, Food Security Advisor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh; Ahsan Khan Chowdhury, Deputy Managing Director of RFL-PRAN Ltd and Dr Md Abdul Aziz, Chief Scientific Officer and Head of Agronomy Division at Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI).