Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is AIP?
Agro Inputs Project (AIP) is an agricultural development project. AIP works on improving the knowledge, availability, and use of safe, high-quality agricultural inputs by agro-retailers and farmers in southern Bangladesh. This five year, USAID-funded project is a part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative and is being implemented by Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), a Washington DC-based organization.
AIP is improving the knowledge, availability and use of quality agricultural inputs by:
- Forming an Agro-Input Retailers Network (AIRN).
- Increasing retailers’ access to market information and improving the marketing of safe, high-quality agricultural inputs.
- Improving awareness of quality standards for inputs, and improving the input regulatory environment.
- Strengthening local organizations in the inputs value chain.
What is AIRN?
The AIRN is a network of agricultural input retailers in southern Bangladesh committed to selling quality agro-input products. Trained and certified members display their AIRN logo as a deal of quality to demonstrate their commitment to making informed decisions for efficient and ethical agricultural input retail operations. Ultimately, this network of trusted retailers will improve the availability of high-quality agricultural inputs to farmers.
What is an “intervention”?
An intervention is a set of activities specifically designed to address a given problem. In the case of AIP, interventions are aimed at improving the services and operational environment of the input sector through increased knowledge, competitiveness, and income.
Who are AIP’s partners?
AIP works with private companies, agro-input retailers, and business associations. It also works with the Agriculture Information Services (AIS), other USAID Feed the Future projects, development agencies, relevant government agencies and ministries, academic institutions, and the media.
Who are the beneficiaries of AIP?
AIP’s direct beneficiaries are agro-input retailers in 20 districts of southern Bangladesh. AIP also has indirect beneficiaries including the farmer-customers of agro-retailers, private sector partners, business membership organizations, and others stakeholders who benefit indirectly by adopting the use of quality inputs.