In December 2021 a group of 12 experts was convened in Dinajpur to select the key value chains for the NICE project in a participatory, multi-stakeholder approach. In different multisectoral teams such as e.g. crops team, livestock team and fisheries team different value chains were rated as per the general value chain selection criteria of the project with scoring each value chain on a 3-point scale (1-3) and excluding commodities with a low total score from further consideration.
Brinjal, bitter gourd, sweet gourd, cucumber, tomato, drumstick, zinc enriched rice, mango and eggs have been selected as the value chains to further focus on and nutritional quality, beneficial potentials for vulnerable groups as well as value chain challenges have been analyzed for each selected food commodity to define most effective interventions such as e.g. improved pest management or modernized cultivation technologies.
A farmers’ survey to understand the current status and potential for agroecological practices in Dinajpur using an adapted version of FAO’s Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists tool with 150 farmers was conducted in Dinajpur in March 2022.