The purpose of this Scoping Mission was to assess the major extension/advisory service providers within Bangladesh to 1) identify the respective strategies and major gaps within and between these different advisory service providers, including their institutional capacity, human and financial resources, as well as other key factors, especially in reaching the rural poor; and then to 2) suggest some near- and/or long-term strategies and investments that could strengthen and improve the effectiveness, integration and sustainability of these different extension and advisory service providers within Bangladesh.
The overall goal will be to determine how additional funding could help Bangladesh both maintain its national food and nutritional security, while also increasing the incomes and improving livelihoods of small and marginal farm/rural households. Particular attention was given to how the public, private and/or civil society organizations (NGOs) are helping increase the household income of small and marginal farmers, especially poor rural women. In addition, the major research institutions in Bangladesh were visited to get their assessment about the current strength of research-extension (R-E) linkages and whether and how these linkages might be strengthened. During this scoping mission, the following institutions and organizations were visited and their programs and/or projects were reviewed with their respective leadership.