Care Bangladesh and Pran Dairy Ltd have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen rural dairy producers' access to market.
Zia Choudhury, country director of Care Bangladesh, and Md Muniruzzaman, executive director of Pran Dairy Ltd, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective sides, at a programme at the Care's head office in the capital on Wednesday.
Under the partnership, a total of 1,500 farmers from Natore Sadar and Baraigram upazilas of Rajshahi region are initially included in the formal milk collection system, said a press release.
Also, producers from disadvantaged communities and female producers in particular will have increased access to quality inputs. They will also get improved livestock extension services by the formal dairy processors for inclusive dairy development.
Care's SHOMOSHTI project will monitor the implementation of the activities to facilitate inclusive market system.
The SDC-SHOMOSHTI project is funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and CARE is supporting 180,000 rural households following M4P approach under this project.
The project currently focuses on the systemic changes of local market systems in creating responsive local provision for technical and business services.