New technology shields farmers in vulnerable areas from risk and helps them build their resilience. Mohammad Abul Hossain is an experienced vegetable farmer from the Bogra district of Bangladesh. Like approximately 150,000 other Bangladeshi farmers, Hossain grows brinjal — also known as eggplant. Many of these smallholders farmers fight a daily battle…
Akhter Hossain knows how to work the land. He also knows his family’s future relies on the fields he cultivates. He wakes up each day and glances at the Bangladesh sky, using the weather to guide his daily chores. Hossain contemplates spraying fungicide again to protect his potato crops from…
Because of what they’ve learned at farmer nutrition schools, farmers and families in Bangladesh have begun to address critical issues around health and nutrition. The schools, which provide training for activities like poultry rearing, egg-production, running fish ponds, and growing orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, are helping families diversify their diets and lead healthier lives.
Mosammat Lima Begum is an accomplished agro-preneur. After receiving training on how to use an axial flow pump, she began an irrigation business in her village, providing water to farmers whose crops often suffer due to low rainfall. Begum's success has inspired others to purchase the pump and provide irrigation services of their own.
As worldwide demand for shrimp grows worldwide, an innovative partnership in Bangladesh is leading the way in shrimp breeding technology, making it possible for the country’s smallholder shrimp farmers to make a better living.
Using portable large screen video messages along with interactive demonstrations and quiz games, these Feed the Future projects are educating rural families on proper nutrition and hygiene, as well as teaching them how to grow homestead gardens and improve the yield of fish, such as tilapia, that are raised in household ponds.
Marina Jabunnaher is a senior monitoring and evaluation officer with the Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural Extension in Bangladesh. A rising leader in her field, she is also the beneficiary of capacity building efforts under an agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Agency for International Development in support of the Feed the Future initiative.
“Before, I used to grow about 150 kilograms of rice in one bigha. Now, with less fertilizer, seed and pesticide, I can grow more than double what I used to grow in the same piece of land before Aila hit,” Gazi said.
In its first six months, the mechanization and irrigation project has forged agreements with two major private agricultural machinery companies, leveraging over $600,000 of investment to commercialize the machineries at scale in the areas where Feed the Future’s work is concentrated.