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Borgachashi Unnayan Prakalpa significantly improved lives and livelihoods of the tenant farmers in Bangladesh but need longer term research on it, Policymakers and researchers argue at live TV talk shows


 

Borgachashi Unnayan Prakalpa significantly improved lives and livelihoods of the tenant farmers in Bangladesh but need longer term research on it, Policymakers and researchers argue at live TV talk shows

Visit Link (synopsis of the talk shows): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr9KSIhomfc

Agricultural Economics Research Unit of BRAC Research and Evaluation Division (RED) organized a series of live TV talk shows at Independent TV to publicly share the research findings esteemed from a recently conducted impact study on Borgachashi Unnayan Prakalpa (BCUP) of BRAC. BCUP is a customized credit progrmmae aimed to develop lives and livelihoods of the tenant farmers in Bangladesh and to contribute in country’s agricultural farm productivity and food security status. The relatively shorter span experimental research found significant positive impact of BCUP on agricultural technology adoption, farm productivity and income, and household labor supply.  Based on these rigorous evidences of positive impacts, prominent researchers, policy makers and practitioners suggested to scale up the credit programme country wide to reap the most benefits from it. They also put important impressions to conduct another round survey of the impact study in coming future to evaluate the longer term benefits of BCUP on overall household welfare, food security and nutritional outcomes. Among others, Professor Abdus Sattar Mandal, former member of Planning Commission, Dr. Birupakkho Pal, Chief Economist, Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Mustafa K. Mujeri, Director General of BIDS, Dr. Akhter Ahmed, Chief of Party, IFPRI Bangladesh, Dr. Atonu Rabbani, Assoc. Professor of Economics, University of Dhaka and Dr. M Abdul Malek Malek, Principal Investigator of the study were the distinguished discussants in the talk shows. Four episodes of live TV talk shows were aired during March-April 2015. The impact study was funded by International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) while the BCUP programme was financed by Bangladesh Bank.

 

                  

A screenshot of third episode while Governor of Bangladesh Bank talking in the live TV talk show; Photo: Collected

A screenshot of third episode of the live TV talk show series; Photo: Collected