16 March 2014, Dhaka. A national level dissemination workshop on the baseline and midline study findings on the impact assessment of credit program for the tenant farmers was held on Saturday (March 15, 2014) at the BRAC Centre Auditorium in the capital.
The ‘Tenant Farmer Development Project’ being implemented since December 2009 is funded by the Bangladesh Bank, gave credit and other supports to the tenant farmers.
The event was attended by the governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr. Atiur Rahman, as the Chief Guest and chaired by Dr. Mahabub Hossain, Advisor to the Executive Director, BRAC.
At the workshop the Professor Abul Bayes of Jahangirnagar University presented a paper on: ‘Tenant Farmers’ Access to Credit and Extension Services: BRAC Borgachashi Unnayan Prakalpa In Bangladesh’, while Dr. Mohammad Abdul Malek of BRAC RED and Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, read another paper styled ‘Impact assessment of credit program for the tenant farmers: Baseline study findings’. Mr. Abu Ahasan Mishu from BRAC RED presented a paper on: ‘Tenancy, agricultural livelihoods and micro credit- a mid-term review of Borgachashi Unnoyon Prakalpa’
A discussant of the event Professor MA Sattar Mandal of Bangladesh Agricultural University pointed out that dependence on non-institutional sources (friends, relatives) have decreased, on the other hand, borrowing from NGOs have increased.
Praising Dr. Mahabub Hossain, the chief guest of the workshop Dr Atiur Rahman mentioned “there has been a huge shift in tenancy. Connectivity has increased. Women are using mobile money which was unthinkable 30 years back.” He also mentioned that “700 crore have been disbursed and 700,000 tenant croppers have benefited from this project so far. Also 55% clients are now women.” To specifically highlight this project’s success he called it, ‘the only project in the world customized for sharecroppers.’