Bangladesh Agricultural Investment Forum Promoting finance opportunities The first ever Bangladesh Agricultural Investment Forum started on Sunday as part of a fresh drive to accelerate agricultural transformation in the country.  The initiative, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, aims to increase targeted investment and access to finance for food producers and agri-processing companies, says a press release.

It brings together key stakeholders along the agrifood value chain, including business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, banks, and policymakers.

Under the chairmanship of Wahida Akter, secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, the forum's opening session was graced by the presence of Agriculture. Minister Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, MP, as chief guest.

The two-day forum, which is being held at the InterContinental hotel in Dhaka, will highlight strategic investment opportunities in select agricultural sectors, explore various innovative financial instruments, and facilitate matchmaking with private investors, domestic banks, and international financial institutions. It will open doors to rewarding investment opportunities by fostering knowledge sharing and networking.

Major development partners supporting the initiative include CGIAR, Embassy of Denmark, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Bank Group, and World Food Program.