Snapshot: Centre for Mass Education in Science

Multi-sectoral support to a local NGO benefits youth.
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  • Country: Bangladesh
  • VEGA Lead Member: Winrock International
  • Theme: Farmer-to-Farmer
Volunteer Mickey Foley training CMES technicians on improved mushroom production

Volunteer Mickey Foley training CMES technicians on improved mushroom production

The Centre for Mass Education in Science (CMES) is a Bangladeshi NGO with a goal to empower Bangladeshi youth. CMES operates 500 model schools and 24 Rural Technology Centers across the country to provide life-oriented non-formal education on livelihood activities related to farming, pottery, furniture-making, computer skills, etc.

Three F2F volunteers worked with CMES to build the skills of its trainers, introducing technical information and improved practices to enhance poultry production, mushroom production, and integrated pest management for horticulture production.

After applying volunteer recommendations, CMES has made impressive progress. For example:

  • Before F2F training, CMES had 20 poultry farms, which were each producing 1,800 kg of broilers per year in four cycles. Now, it hosts 23 poultry farms that produce 2,000 kg broiler per year in six cycles. CMES has also decreased mortality rate by 10% and increased sales by 66% (from $45,000 to $74,750).
  • CMES developed new curricula on integrated pest management, which has been used to train 2,600 students and community farmers. Beneficiary farmers are now using compost, vermicompost, and eco-friendly pesticides.
  • After applying improved mushroom production practices, CMES decreased production costs from $0.88/kg to $0.75/kg and projects a 25% increase in production by the end of this year’s harvest.
Volunteer Mickey Foley and CMES technicians testing techniques to promote higher mushroom yields

Volunteer Mickey Foley and CMES technicians testing techniques to promote higher mushroom yields.

Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, Executive Director of CMES, states, “Winrock’s F2F volunteer technical assistance created wider opportunities of livelihood options for our students and farmers.”