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Increasing efficiency in agriculture: sharing the potato study findings with stakeholders

The findings of the potato study conducted in Bangladesh under LIRNEasia’s 2010-2012 research cycle were shared with stakeholders in Dhaka on 10 April 2012. The dissemination workshop was attended by high level representatives from the government agencies such as Bangladeshi Agriculture Research Institute, Agriculture Information Service (AIS) of Ministry of Agriculture, Bangladesh, large scale exporters, processors and cold storage providers from the private sector.

The stakeholders engaged in a productive exchange after the study findings were presented. The issues discussed included the availability and utilisation of cold storage, the quality of the potato seeds available in Bangladesh and suitability of some of the potato varieties grown for processing and exporting.  The discussion of cold storage brought about further issues such as the under-utilisation (40%) of the cold storage available in some storage spaces, in spite of excessive demand in others. The participants were urged to use an information system to ensure that growers and non-growers interested in using the cold storage facilities get the required information on availability of the facilities.

The workshop was organised by Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) and Development Research Network (DNET), Bangladesh. The workshops were co-chaired by Ananya Raihan, PhD from IID and Harsha De Silva, PhD from LIRNEasia

The presentations made at the workshop are given below.

Harsha De Silva, PhD, Consultant Lead Economist, LIRNEasia
Introduction and background to the study

Khairul Islam, Consultant, DNET
Potato supply chain study findings

Nilusha Kapugama, Research Manager, LIRNEasia
Information requirements and use of ICTs by smallholders

Harsha De Silva, PhD, Consultant Lead Economist, LIRNEasia
Efficient and inclusive agriculture in a smallholder world

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