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US partnership with BD to continue: Bernicat

10US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat on Sunday said her country’s unwavering commitment to reducing hunger and poverty remains strong and hoped to continue their partnership with Bangladesh to achieve the goal of making healthy and productive lives for all.

“We hope to continue our partnership with Bangladesh to achieve the goal of making sure each and every person has a chance to lead healthy, productive lives,” she said while addressing project launching ceremony in Jessore.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque attended the function titled ‘Feed the future Bangladesh livestock production for improved nutrition project launch event’ as the chief guest, UNB reports.

This was her first trip to Jessore and she said it has already been quite a memorable journey.

Under the new Feed the Future Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition project, Bernicat said, they will work with the Bangladesh Livestock Coordination Group, in collaboration with other donor agencies and private sector groups, as well as with government agencies like the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute and Department of Livestock Services.

“Together, we’ll work hand-in-hand with dairy farmers in Jessore – and across a total of 20 districts in southern Bangladesh – to teach then new skills, whether it is improving the quality of feed to beef up their cattle, or techniques to breed more productive dairy cows,” she said.

The US Ambassador expressed her country’s willingness to continuing their work together under this new livestock and nutrition project so that the vision of a healthier and more prosperous Bangladesh becomes a reality for every man, woman and child.

Eating nutritiously is especially important for young Bangladeshi children in order for them to grow up strong and healthy.

There have been vast improvements in childhood nutrition over the past decade, but as the 2014 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey indicates, too many children continue to suffer from chronic malnutrition, where 36 percent of children under the age of 5 are stunted.