Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute set up its Bangladesh office in Dhaka on Monday.
IFPRI director general Shenggen Fan and agriculture ministry additional secretary Mohammad Nazmul Islam signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing the permanent country office of the institution at a function in a city hotel Monday evening.
IFPRI has been operating its project office in Bangladesh for conducting research to fill knowledge gaps in agricultural development, social protection, and food and nutrition security issues for over 30 years.
Permanent presence of the IFPRI would create opportunities for ‘vital original research and data on food security, gender, nutrition and poverty’ in Bangladesh, Shenggen said.
Former finance adviser M Saiduzzaman, agriculture ministry additional secretary Mohammad Nazmul Islam and Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies director general KAS Murshid spoke, among others, at the function.
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