Innovation Fund News

New Innovation Fund Contracts in Q4-2017

The Blue Gold Program recently signed two new contracts with United Purpose. After a positive feasibility of the Women Business Centres (WBC), it has been decided to continue with a 12-month pilot in polder 28/2 and 31-part (Khulna region). The WBC concept uses the proven model of ‘Local Service Providers’ (LSPs) who are selected by the target communities and trained by the project to become community agriculture and business advisors and charge appropriate fees for their services. It is anticipated that these WBCs will stimulate agricultural productivity through providing agricultural trainings, delivering mobile and ICT services, selling agri-inputs and other services. Furthermore, it is expected the WBCs will generate  financial benefits and profitability for the women acting as LSPs. Furthermore, United Purpose will execute a 4-month feasibility study for the Sustainable Water Management Infrastructure Finance & Technology (SWIFT) project per 1 January 2018. The objective of the study is evaluate different finance models for small-scale water management infrastructure in Patuakhali region. The about 40 involved Water Management Groups will be simulated to mobilise own funding for  small-scale infrastructure through lobbying with Union Parishads, governmental departments and internal fee collection. This expected to lead to sustainable water management.

“Presentation and Discussion Session on Feasibility study on insects for fish feed” 

A presentation and discussion was held on August 29, 2017 at Program Coordinating Director’s Office, Blue Gold Program on the project entitled “Feasibility study on insects for fish feed”. Main guests were Mr. Amirul Hossain, Program Coordinating Director, Dr. Sainar Alam, Focal Point of Department of Fisheries, Md. Humayoun Kabir, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Blue Gold Program (DAE Component), Mr. Kabir from WorldFish, Mr. Quazi Mahbubur Rahman and Mr. Kazi Muinur Rahman from Aspire, Mr. Bas Godschalk, Insects4All  (joined by Skype from Netherlands). Also junior staff from BWDB and Consultants from Blue Gold Program attended the session. Mr. Quazi Mahbubur Rahman gave a presentation on “Feasibility study on insects for fish feed” where he presented the findings of the feasibility study. Different questions regarding the experimental design, and reference of using of Black Soldier Fly as fish feed were raised by the participants. Mr. Quazi Mahbubur Rahman, Mr. Kazi Muinur Rahman and Mr. Bas Godschalk replied all the questions. Dr. Sainar expressed that to avoid unwanted biological risks, research should be conducted with an appropriate research organization before deciding whether to proceed with commercialization at field level.

“Presentation and Discussion Session on Aquaculture intervention in seasonal water logged areas in Southwest region of Bangladesh

A presentation and discussion was held on December 11, 2017 at Program Coordinating Director’s Office, Blue Gold Program on the project entitled “Aquaculture intervention in seasonal water logged areas in Southwest region of Bangladesh”. Main guests were Mr. Amirul Hossain, Program Coordinating Director, Dr. Sainar Alam, Focal Point of Department of Fisheries, and Consultants from Blue Gold Program. Prof. Dr. Jahangir Alam (principal investigator) gave a presentation on “Aquaculture intervention in seasonal water logged areas in Southwest region of Bangladesh” where he presented the overall scenario of the on-going project and intermediate results. Different questions regarding the experimental design, species selection, stocking density of fish and water quality parameters were asked by the participants and Prof. Dr. Alam was able to answer all questions. All participants were keen to learn lessons from this pilot project and explore options to design future aquaculture interventions in Blue Gold area based on these lessons.