Preparatory Meeting for Formation of Farmers’ Organization

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION:

The BIWRMDP PMU team comprising Social Safeguards Specialist, Arif Khilji, Gender Specialist Sara Khan and Communications Specialist participated in a preparatory meeting for formation of the project’s first Farmers’ Organization (FO) in the Nari gorge sub-project, Bakhra Ghulam Bolak scheme site in Sibbi district on October 20th.The PIU Sibbi team including SDO Irrigation, Junaid Gichki and representatives of the agriculture,forest andpublic health engineering departments participated in the interactive session. The Social Safeguards Specialist comprehensively discussed the process of FO formation. Gender Specialist provided orientation on the gender action plan and emphasized on mainstreaming gender, especially the largely vulnerable women in the project activities.  The Communications Specialist briefed the participants regarding the pivotal need of communication and documentation for informing, motivating and involving stakeholders for enhanced visibility and outreach. The management subsequently discussed the administrative and logistics arrangements for the event, with Agriculture Officer, Sibbi, Khurram Baig, taking the lead.