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REGIONAL CONSULTATION MEETING ON

Enhancing sustainable livelihoods and nutritional security in hilly regions of SAARC countries through horticultural approaches

Programmes

Livelihoods

Venue

Zoom

Date & Time

07 April 2021 to 08 April 2021

Contact

Abid Hussain

Organized by: SAARC Agriculture Center (SAC)

Technical support: ICIMOD

Participation in this event is by invitation only

Enhancing sustainable livelihoods and nutritional security

 

About the meeting

This regional consultation will bring together experts and policy makers for knowledge sharing on the current status of horticulture in the hilly areas of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member states. Participants will discuss future prospects and development programmes to strengthen horticulture in hilly areas.

 

Objectives

  • Update the current status of horticulture activities in the hilly areas of SAARC member states, including (among other topics) land covered under crops, crop varieties grown, biodiversity, and women participation in livelihood improvement activities.
  • Create a common understanding by sharing knowledge among member states and prepare a participatory work plan for future activities
  • Identify challenges, prospects, and potential for improving the livelihoods and nutritional security of people living in hilly areas

 

Agenda

All timings are in Bangladesh Standard Time.

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY, 7 APRIL 2021

Chair: Dr. Md Baktear Hossain, Director, SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC)

Master of ceremony: Ms. Fatema Nasrin Jahan, Senior Programme Officer (NRM), SAC

Time Programme Speaker
10:20–10:30 Log into Zoom meeting
10:30–10:35 Welcome address Dr. Nasreen Sultana, SPS (Horticulture), SAC
10:35–10:40 Remarks by special guest Mr. Md. Ali Akbar, Deputy Secretary (PPC), Ministry of Agriculture, Bangladesh
10:40–10:45 Remarks by special guest Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal
10:45–10:50 Inaugural address by chief guest Dr. S. M. Bokhara, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC)
10:50–11.00 Session closing by the Chairman Dr. Md Baktear Hossain, Director, SAC
11:00–11:15 Tea break

Chairperson: Dr. Md. Nazirul Islam, Director General, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI)

Coordinator: Dr. Nasreen Sultana, SPS (Horticulture), SAC

Time Programme Speaker
11:15–11:25 Overview of the meeting Dr. Nasreen Sultana, SPS (Horticulture), SAC
11:25–11:45 Country status paper presentation – Afghanistan Mr. Nazeer Nawabi, Head of fruit Department, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL); and Mr. Ghulam Farooq, Pomegranate Development Manager, MAIL
11:45–11:55 Open discussion
11:55–12:15 Country status paper presentation – Bangladesh Mr. Md. Samshul Alam, Deputy Director, Horticulture Centre, Cox’s Bazar; and Dr. Munshi Rashid Ahmed, Chief Scientific Officer, Hill Agriculture Research Station, BARI, Khagrachari
12:15–12:25 Open discussion
12:25–12:45 Country status paper presentation – Bhutan Mr. Tshetrim, Dy. Chief Agriculture Officer, Agriculture Production Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MoAF); and Ms. Laxmi Thapa, Dy. Chief Agriculture Officer, Agriculture Production Division, MoAF
12:45–12:55 Open discussion
12:55–13:00 Closing remarks by the Chairperson
13:00–14:00 Lunch break

Chairperson: Dr. Tulsi Gurung, Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Natural Sciences, Royal University of Bhutan

Coordinator: Dr. Nasreen Sultana, SPS (Horticulture), SAC

Time Programme Speaker
14:00–14:20 Country status paper presentation – India Dr. M.R. Dinesh, Director, ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore & Dr. Vikramaditya Pandey, Assistant Director (Horticultural Science-1), Krishi Anusandhan Bhawan-II, Pusa,
14:20–14:30 Open discussion
14:30–14:50 Country status paper presentation – Nepal Mr. Rudra Prasad Paudel, Senior Agriculture Economist, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) & Mr. Padam Prasad Adhikari, Senior Horticulture Development Officer
14:50–15:00 Open discussion
15:00–15:20 Country status paper presentation – Pakistan Dr. Abdul Waheed, Principal Scientific Officer/Director, PARC-National Tea & High Value Crops Research Institute (NTHRI)
15:20–15:30 Open discussion
15:30–15:50 Country status paper presentation – Sri Lanka Mr. K.P. Somachandra, Deputy Director of Agriculture (Research), Regional Agriculture Research and Development Centre Bandarawela; and Mr. M.C Jayasinghe, Asst. Director of Agriculture (Development), Seed and Planting Materials Development Centre, Peradeniya
15:50–16:00 Open discussion
16:00–16:20 Invited paper presentation on food and nutrition security in high mountains of South Asia: Key challenges to and opportunities for horticultural crops Dr. Abid Hussain, Food Security Economist
Group Lead, Socioeconomics and Research Methods, Livelihoods, ICIMOD
16:20–16:30
16:30–16:40 Closing remarks by the Chairperson
16:40–16:45 Summing up for the day and programme brief on Day 2
DAY 2 – THURSDAY, 8 APRIL 2021

Chairperson: Dr. Md. Baktear Hossain, Director, SAC

Coordinator: Dr. Nasreen Sultana, SPS (Horticulture), SAC

Time Programme Speaker
10:30–10:50 Invited paper presentation on the role of horticultural crops in achieving resilient livelihoods in hilly and mountain areas Dr. Surendra Raj Joshi, Senior Resilient Livelihoods Specialist, Livelihoods, ICIMOD; and Dr. Faisal Mueen Qamar, Remote Sensing Specialist & Group Lead, Food Security and Climate Services, Geospatial Solutions, ICIMOD
10:50–11:10 Invited paper presentation on potential economic growth of horticultural crops in the Chattogram Hill Tracts Dr. Md. Jamal Uddin, Senior Scientific Officer (Agriculture Economics), Regional Agricultural Research Station, BARI, Hathazari, Chattogram
11:10–12.30 Consultation on recommendations for way forward Dr. Nasreen Sultana, SPS (Horticulture) SAC, Bangladesh; and Dr. Abid Hussain, Food Security Economist Group Lead, Socioeconomics and Research Methods, Livelihoods, ICIMOD
12:30–12:35 Closing remarks Dr. Md. Baktear Hossain,

Director, SAC, Bangladesh

12:35–12:40 Vote of thanks Dr. Nasreen Sultana, SPS (Horticulture), SAC