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Policy and Institutional Mapping for Small Scale Producers' Participation in Dynamic Markets in Bangladesh

A series of working meetings were held in Dhaka and in Daudkandi, Comilla District, Bangladesh, during 12-14 June 2007, to explore the emerging implications to small-scale producers and processors of changes in the dynamic agric-business sector. The meetings involved some 100 participants including over thirty farmers and similar number of agribusiness representatives as well as academics, and civil society, public sector and media representatives. The meetings were informed by a potato value chain map developed at the first meeting together with the farmers from Daudkandi. Dynamic changes are taking place in the potato sector including processing as well as structural changes impacted by the emergence of modern wholesale and retail markets including those of AGORA, Nandan and Meena Bazar and the impact of liberalisation on the growth of imports. The meetings with farmers and agri-business representatives defined the key trends and drivers of these trends, which were then validated by participants at the final day’s multi-stakeholders meeting when the key challenges emerging from the first two meetings were also elaborated.

This publication forms part of the Regoverning Markets project.

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Sarwar, G., Islam, R., Nisha, NS., Mohan Mondol, M., (2007). Policy and Institutional Mapping for Small Scale Producers' Participation in Dynamic Markets in Bangladesh, IIED, London.