New Knowledge Transfer Manager Atikur Rahman to Lead EWS-KT’s Work in Bangladesh
East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation is pleased to welcome Atikur Rahman as the new Knowledge Transfer Manager for Bangladesh. Atikur will provide strategic direction and operational support for all EWS-KT activities in the country.
Atikur brings to the position more than 13 years of experience in multi-stakeholder development projects and agricultural extension work. Before joining EWS-KT, he served as Technical Specialist for Enterprise Development at iDE (formerly International Development Enterprises). After earning a master’s degree in agricultural extension education, Atikur started his career as an extension officer and subsequently worked with smallholder farmers as a Training Coordinator with Euroconsult Mott MacDonald and a Master Facilitator with the Department of Agricultural Extension’s Integrated Farm Management Component (IFMC).
“Atikur has a genuine passion and excitement for bringing change and opportunity to smallholder farming communities, and it is a great pleasure to welcome him to EWS-KT,” said Stuart Morris, Director of East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation. “His solid understanding of the constraints and opportunities of the vegetable sector will be a huge asset to our team in Bangladesh and the impressive work they are doing toward improving farmers’ livelihoods.”
“With Atikur’s experience in project management, as well as his deep understanding of the farmers we work with, we are very excited about the future of EWS-KT in Bangladesh,” said Rutger Groot, Board Chair of East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer Foundation.
“EWS-KT Bangladesh launched an SDG Partnership with Solidaridad Netherlands in mid-2020 to develop sustainable and climate-resilient smallholder vegetable-cropping systems in Barisal and Chittagong,” Rutger continued, “and it is truly inspiring to see what has been achieved: more than 12,000 farmers and nearly 100 agro-input dealers trained, high-quality extension materials and training modules in place, and a strong social media presence. I’m confident that Atikur will build on this excellent foundation and take our operations in Bangladesh to the next level, bringing even greater benefit to more smallholder farmers.”