An assessment of research needs for food security in Bangladesh and guidelines for awarding research grants

Conference Proceedings
[Proceedings of the Consultative Workshop February 2007]

As part of the activities of Component 2 of National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme (NFPCSP), a Research Needs Digest (RND) has been prepared which is intended to serve as a basis for inviting research proposals under the NFPCSP research grant award initiative. The research grant award initiative aims at increasing civil society’s involvement in producing action-oriented research on food policy and food security issues, including availability, access, and utilization for nutrition, as well as cross-cutting issues (gender, governance, environment, infrastructure). It consists of two facilities: the Programme Research (PR), which is geared towards supporting long-term substantive research by eligible institutions, organizations and centers and the Challenge Fund (CF), which will support complementary short-term research work on existing specific policy interventions and practices, including options for scaling-up best practices.
The RND is the reference for identifying a list of research priorities relevant to policy-making for food security and consistent with the National Food Policy approved on 14 August 2006. The RND includes new questions on important issues that have been previously studied but still require revisiting or updating. It was developed based on extensive consultations with a broad range of stakeholders, including, government, academia and research institutions, universities, international organizations, as well as civil society representatives.
This workshop was the final step in this consultative process. The methodology and preliminary findings of the opinion survey conducted by the NFPCSP team, through face-to-face interviews and questionnaires were presented and discussed in the workshop held on November 29, 2006. The workshop provided a platform to elicit additional views from a broader audience and a wider perspective. It also contributed to build a consensus on the set of research priorities to be considered for eligibility under the research grant initiative. The workshop was also an occasion for participants to learn more about opportunities available under the aforementioned PR and CF facilities of the National Food Policy Capacity Strengthening Programme.

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Feb 2007
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