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Feed the Future worked in 20 districts in the Southern Delta region.

Country Context

  • 38%
    estimated reduction in the prevalence of poverty in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2011
  • 68%
    estimated reduction in hunger in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2011

Value Chains

  • Aquaculture
  • Horticulture
  • Oilseed
  • Legumes
  • Livestock
  • Rice
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  • 28.2 million

    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions in Bangladesh (FTF ZOI Survey, 2018)

  • 8.2%

    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 12.7 percent of added value (World Bank, 2019)

  • 63%

    Percentage of population living in rural Bangladesh (World Bank, 2019)

  • 25%

    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 in Feed the Future target regions in Bangladesh (FTF ZOI Survey, 2018)

  • 25.2%

    Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2018 (FTF ZOI Survey, 2018)

Our Strategy


Increase on-farm productivity and income


Boost investment in targeted value chains


Improve nutrition of mothers and children


Enhance the government’s policy and planning ability


Elevate innovation in the agricultural private sector


Scale proven technologies to smallholder farmers


Promote gender integration in agriculture and increase women’s empowerment


Coordinate and collaborate with other U.S. government programs in the country

Our Progress

  • 649,000

    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY20

  • $306M

    Annual agricultural sales generated by Bangladeshi farms and firms reached by Feed the Future in FY20

  • 487,000

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in fiscal year FY20

  • 146,000

    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY20

  • 32%

    estimated reduction in the prevalence of stunting in children under the age of 5 in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2011

Our Work

Bangladesh is the world’s most densely populated country, with 161 million people living in a land area roughly the size of Iowa. Poverty, lack of access to agricultural land and poor eating habits contribute to some of the highest rates of undernutrition and child stunting in the world. In addition to population growth, urbanization and natural resource depletion have led to the degradation of Bangladesh’s land and bodies of water, which poses a great threat to its agriculture sector. In Bangladesh, Feed the Future targets areas vulnerable to water scarcity, rising sea levels, extreme shocks and changing weather patterns to maximize impact and strengthen resilience. Feed the Future integrates agriculture and nutrition investments to enhance cognitive and physical development, increase economic productivity, strengthen resilience and advance global development.  For more information, please view the Nutrition Priority Countries.

Agriculture-Led Growth

In alignment with the government of Bangladesh’s priorities, Feed the Future focuses on boosting rice production while helping farmers diversify their production with higher-value, nutrient-dense commodities such as horticulture and fish. In 2020, Feed the Future helped smallholder farmers access over $11 million in agriculture-related financing. As a result of these efforts, the value of annual sales of producers and firms was over $246 million. For example, in collaboration with Cornell University and other partners, Feed the Future introduced the Bt eggplant variety in Bangladesh, which helped to reduce the use of toxic pesticides by 37.5 percent. Farmers growing the Bt eggplant variety also saw a 51 percent increase in yields and a 128 percent increase in net revenue.

Women’s Empowerment

Empowering women benefits both families and communities and is an important way to increase resilience in Bangladesh. In collaboration with the government of Bangladesh, Feed the Future is increasing women’s access to agriculture and nutrition training, seeds and fertilizer, farming technology and child care. These efforts aim to reduce food insecurity, undernutrition and household-level gender inequalities.

In addition, as a result by 2018:

  • Over 500,000 more women own assets.
  • Over 800,000 more women have greater control over their income.
  • 1.2 million more women have greater input into productive decisions.

Private Sector Engagement

Private sector engagement is another major focus in Bangladesh. By partnering with private companies, Feed the Future conducted training for sunflower, mung bean, maize, sesame and aquaculture farmers. In 2020, Feed the Future’s partnerships with private companies mobilized over $2.9 million to develop new technologies in aquaculture, crops and livestock sectors, which benefited nearly 650,000 people. As a result, distribution networks for environment-friendly agricultural inputs were strengthened, agricultural machinery services were expanded and crop diversification was enhanced.


These results reflect data from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of the Treasury (through the International Fund for Agricultural Development and Global Agriculture and Food Security Program), reported into Feed the Future’s central monitoring system for fiscal year 2020 (FY20). Impact data for poverty statistics come from a 2018 population-based survey by the International Food Policy Research Institute. Impact data for stunting statistics are derived from the 2014 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey. Impact data for women’s empowerment come from the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) for 2018. For more information on the indicators above, please view the Feed the Future Indicator Handbook. All dollar amounts are listed in U.S. dollars.

Our Activities

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Bangladesh.

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  • Advancing Universal Health Coverage Activity (AUHC)
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Partnership Activity
  • Bandarban Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative
  • Bangladesh Cereal Systems Initiative in South Asia - Mechanization and Extension Activity
  • Bangladesh Agricultural Infrastructure Support Activity
  • Bangladesh Agricultural Policy Activity (Policy LINK)
  • Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity
  • Bangladesh Digital Agriculture activity
  • Bangladesh Improving Trade and Business Enabling Environment
  • Bangladesh Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition Activity
  • Bangladesh Nutrition Activity
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Aquaculture and Fisheries
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management
  • Nobo Jatra
  • Mamoni Maternal and Newborn Care Strengthening Project (MNCSP) activity
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience, and Gender Equity (SAPLING)
  • Strengthening Household Ability to Respond to Development Opportunities (SHOUHARDO) III
  • Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Programming through Implementation Science
  • USAID Bangladesh Leaving No One Behind Activity
  • Feed the Future Bangladesh Integrated Pest Management Activity
  • IRRI Rice Breeding Public-Private Partnership Platform Activity
  • USDA Risk Management for Food Security in Bangladesh – Sanitary and Phytosanitary Food Safety Project
  • Feed the Future Bangladesh Horticulture, Fruits, and Non-Food Crops Activity

Related Resources

May 31, 2018

Feed the Future Bangladesh Country Plan

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March 8, 2018

Bangladesh Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index Data Fact Sheet

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Created November 18, 2018

Feed the Future Bangladesh Baseline Integrated Household Survey

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May 27, 2015

Bangladesh Feed the Future Baseline Report

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