Two-thirds of Bangladesh is less than five metres above sea level and approximately 1,000 hectares of land is lost every year due to erosion.

 

Rising sea levels, extreme weather patterns, frequent flooding and loss of arable land are growing threats to food security. Bangladesh’s agricultural land is shrinking by 1% annually while the population is growing by 1.2%. Unpredictable weather conditions increasingly pose challenges to farmers trying to meet rising demands for food.

Building systems of production and distribution, offering quality seeds at fair prices and developing better crop varieties and practices. Developing and disseminating climate-smart agricultural technologies, and developing markets using an approach that encourages entrepreneurship and supports the country in becoming self-sufficient in food production.

IMPACT

 
 
  • “BRAC has a long history of development work and commitment to food security and reduction  of hunger and malnutrition through improved agricultural productivity”
    Sudhir Yadav
    Co-leader of SIIL-Polder project, International Rice Research Institute
  • “With its success in its value chain approach to agricultural development, BRAC as a strategic partner, will play a key role in attaining food security through improved agricultural productivity in coastal Bangladesh”
    Krishna Jagadish
    Associate Professor, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University; Deputy Division Head at the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division, International Rice Research Institute.
  • “BRAC’s agriculture and food security programme successfully implemented a crop intensification project to restore the livelihood of victims of cyclones Sidr and Aila, which affected the southern parts of Bangladesh. BRAC’s effort is undoubtedly exceptional and a milestone for others performing similar activities in this region.”
    William Hanna
    Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Ghana

WHAT WE DO

 
 
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Support farmers

Promote high-yield and sustainable agriculture technologies
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Build resilience to climate change

Promote climate-resilient crop varieties and adaptive technologies
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Nurture nourishment

Promote nutri-gardens as a means of crop diversification and to improve nutrition
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Biodiversity conservation

Conserve rice and fish biodiversity to prevent extinction of indigenous breeds
 
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Integrated aquaculture

Provide technical knowledge on diversified fish culture practices to maximise production
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Community-based fish culture in floodplains

Promote seasonal floodplains to turn waste lands into resourceful water bodies
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Women in agriculture

Promote seasonal floodplains to turn waste lands into resourceful water bodies
 

HOW WE DO IT

 
 
 

WHY IT WORKS

 
 
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Location-specific cropping systems

Increase crop productivity through location-specific crops and provide appropriate technology recommendations
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Farmer’s support centre

Agricultural information service, instant suggestions and extension activities to support farmers
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Use of ICT

Comprehensive ICT platform for farmers to access and disseminate information on good practices
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Make quality seeds accessible

Provide linkage to access quality seeds through training
 
 

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