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Rural Forum: Mukimabad Village

On July 20 2016, a Rural Forum was held at Atahar Uddin Hawladar Degree College to enable rural citizens living in the Mukimabad village to present their views on the development priorities for Bangladesh.

A total of 26 participants from a variety of professions in rural area were present, including 4 teachers, 2 farmers, 9 businessmen, 2 government employees, 1 lawyer, 5 students, and 3 other job holders.


There was a lively debate and fruitful discussion regarding the top development priorities for Bangladesh. A majority of participants ranked “Boost Agricultural Productivity” as number one priority, focusing on food shortage during and after environmental disasters. As one Participant indicated,

we need such crops and seeds which are not vulnerable to salinity and flood so that we do not have to die from food shortage.”

Together, the rural forum participants ranked the following as the top 5 highest priority solutions for Bangladesh.