A collaboration between BRAC and the student association Sefa of the University of Amsterdam investigated the cause of perishable food loss and suggested a solar energy based cold storage solution in 2013. Following the recommendations of this project, a second phase of research was initiated with the aim of investigating the economic and technical feasibility of a solar-biomass hybrid cold storage to prevent the loss of potatoes at the farmer level. This research has two main objectives: to .......

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  • Writer Name Zainu Sadia Islam, Priyanka Chowdhury, Allison Elgie, Andrew Jenkins, Casper Deitch, Wesley Kuiper, Berbel Pietersma, Mariëlle Plasmeijer and Max Slagt
  • Published Date Thursday, 02 June 2016
  • Country Bangladesh
Abstract One in every third under five children in Bangladesh is anemic as children are generally fed traditional family food often lacking adequate bioavailable iron. Home based fortification of food with multiple micronutrient powder (MNP) has recently been established through research as an effective way to address this problem. BRAC initiated promotion of MNP usage in 2009. The present study undertaken to map MNP usage among 6-59 months old children in the Maternal, Infant and Young .......

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  • Writer Name Sabuj Kanti Mistry, Fahmida Akter, Umme Salma Mukta, Barnali Chakraborty and Mahfuzar Rahman
  • Published Date Sunday, 17 April 2016
  • Country Bangladesh
Client satisfaction, the degree of fulfillment of patient’s desired expectations and preferences for healthcare, is one of the outcome variables for assessment of the quality of health services. Until now, the experience and perception of satisfaction of clients and providers with obstetric care facilities in rural areas of Bangladesh is unknown. This study aimed to determine the perceived level of satisfaction of rural clients in the northern region of Bangladesh who received facility-based .......

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  • Writer Name Tanveen Ishaque, Khadiza Begum
  • Published Date Thursday, 15 October 2015
  • Country Bangladesh
The rural economy of Bangladesh is largely occupied by primary agricultural activities resulting low-productivity of inputs and unemployment of rural labour. Due to limited soil productivity, the possibility of escalating rural output from harvest-oriented activity alone has not been successful. Hence, for increasing productivity, diversification and valueaddition in rural economy, advancing agribusiness has been proposed as a plausible approach. The ‘Bangladesh Agribusiness Development .......

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  • Writer Name Syeda Sitwat Shahed
  • Published Date Thursday, 15 October 2015
  • Country Bangladesh
This case study was elaborated in the frame of the project ´Pro-poor Resource Governance under Changing Climates‘, a joint research initiative of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS). The project analysed pro-poor resource governance under the conditions of climate change and it aimed to identify resource management institutions that reduce livelihood vulnerability. It was carried out in collaboration with .......

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  • Writer Name Sifat-E-Rabbi, Md Mahbubur Rahman, Judith Rosendahl, Andrew Jenkins, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, Mrinmoy Samadder
  • Published Date Tuesday, 01 September 2015
  • Country Bangladesh
This report investigates the loss of perishable vegetables at different stakeholder levels in the supply chain in different geographical regions of Bangladesh, rural, semi-urban and urban. The study goes further by investigating the potential value added through cold storage facilities and the effect its introduction may have on different stakeholder relationships. The study then addresses the potential of utilising solar energy to facilitate the introduction of cold storage facilities. The .......

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  • Writer Name Fathema Zhura Khatoon, Zainu Sadia Islam, Fakir Md Yunus, Md Azhar Uddin, Marziana Mahfuz Nandita, Sophia Broos, Jan de Haan, Bas Jongerius, Bart Jan Sonneveld, Tristan Wesenhagen
  • Published Date Tuesday, 01 September 2015
  • Country Bangladesh
The scale of the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa has decreased considerably since its peak in 2014. In Sierra Leone, the number of new cases dropped to a total of eighteen confirmed cases per weekat the beginning of May – from almost four hundred in November 2015.As the most-affected West African countries move closer to zero cases of Ebola, their leaders have called for a plan for long-term regional reconstruction; stressing, in particular that the “most important .......

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  • Writer Name DARIUSZ DZIEWANSKI
  • Published Date Thursday, 21 May 2015
  • Country Sierra Leone
This study aimed to understand BRAC Boat School (Shikkhatari) initiative in terms of  innovation, quality of education and existing challenges. Whether spatial exclusion can  be a basis for educational innovation was also addressed in the study. A mixed method  approach was used which included survey, interviews and classroom observations. Fifty  randomly selected Shikkhataris and 500 households of the students were surveyed.  Programme Organisers and teachers were interviewed in eight .......

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  • Writer Name Nawra Mehrin, Nowreen Yasmin, Samir Ranjan Nath
  • Published Date Monday, 01 December 2014
  • Country Bangladesh