The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh (AmCham) has stood by 1000 farmers in northern Bangladesh with its grant support during this time of pandemic crisis.
Agriculture minister Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque virtually inaugurated the support styled “AmCham Support for the Farmers during COVID – 19 Pandemic” on Sunday.
Member of the Parliament of Sirajganj-2 Prof Md. Habibe Millat participated the program as special guest. US Ambassador Earl R. Miller and Sirajganj Deputy Commissioner Dr. Farook Ahmed also spoke at the event. AmCham President Syed Ershad Ahmed chaired the event while Vice President Syed
Mohammad Kamal moderated the programme and briefed the participants about the project.
Besides online, the event concurrently took place in the D.C office of Sirajganj where a number of farmers were present and received the grant during this difficult time.
The novel COVID-19 is casting a shadow around the world.
The AmCham, following up early instances to support the society and as part of its responsibility, has initiated a project to help the pandemic affected marginal farmers and their families to address the immediate economic needs.
AmCham with the generous support of its members and in association with SAJIDA foundation will help 1000 farmers and their families by providing financial resource to invest in agriculture and other sustainable livelihoods with objectives to strengthen income generation through agricultural inputs and integrate marginal farmers into local economies.
In addition, these support measures will aim to facilitate linkages between farmers and government agricultural institutions for further advice and support, the AmCham said.
“This will further increase the resilience and improve protection of both participants and non-participants in terms of improving aids, financial services, and capacity enhancement initiatives.”
This initiative will be a token contribution from AmCham for a sustainable food safety for the people of Bangladesh.
Since 1988 it started to operate as American Bangladesh Economic Forum (ABEF) and in 1996
established formally as The American Chamber of Commerce in Bangladesh, AmCham with an objective to promote the economic relationships between Bangladesh and the United States of America.