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Feed the Future works in 21 districts in the Southern Delta region.

Feed The Future Impact

  • 68%
    Reduction in hunger in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2011
  • 37%
    Estimated reduction in the prevalence of poverty in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2011

Value Chains

  • Aquaculture
  • Horticulture
  • Oilseed
  • Livestock
  • Rice
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  • 30.6M

    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions in Bangladesh (Feed the Future 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)

  • 32.3%

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

  • 25.4%

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

  • 12%

    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 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

  • 568,000

    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY19

  • $123M

    Annual agricultural sales generated by Bangladeshi farms and firms reached by Feed the Future in FY19

  • 643,000

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY19

  • 74,000

    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY19

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. 

Agriculture-Led Growth

In Bangladesh, Feed the Future targets areas vulnerable to extreme shocks to maximize impact and strengthen resilience. 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.

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 source of 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 childcare. 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; and
  • 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 and unlocked $4.3 million in private sector investment. As a result, distribution networks for environment-friendly agricultural inputs were strengthened, agricultural machinery services were expanded and crop diversification was enhanced.

In 2019, Feed the Future’s partnerships with 29 private companies mobilized nearly $900,000 to develop improved inputs, like seeds, and financial and extension services, which benefited over 65,000 farmers. For example, these partnerships ensured over 39,000 farmers had access to improved seed varieties.

In addition, Feed the Future partnered with agricultural machinery importers, manufacturers and dealers to promote small-scale agricultural mechanization in Bangladesh, resulting in local service providers investing nearly $600,000 to purchase 617 machines such as reapers, mini-combine harvesters and power tiller-operated seeders. Because of this partnership, more than 95,000 farmers were able to improve their efficiency through agricultural machinery services, covering around 35,000 hectares of land.


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 2019 (FY19). 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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  • Agriculture Infrastructure Development Activity
  • Abiotic Stress Tolerant Rice and Wheat
  • Accelerating Capacity for Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Partnership Activity
  • Agricultural Value Chains
  • Agriculture Research Activity
  • Bandarban Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative
  • Bangladesh Agricultural Infrastructure Support Activity
  • Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity
  • Bangladesh Cereal Systems Initiative in South Asia - Mechanization and Irrigation Activity
  • Bangladesh Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition Activity
  • Bangladesh Nutrition Activity
  • Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Activity
  • Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development Program
  • Enhanced Coastal Fisheries II Activity
  • FAO - Institutionalization of Food Safety in Bangladesh for Safer Food Activity
  • Feed the Future Bangladesh Rice and Diversified Crops Activity
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Horticulture
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • Improving Nutrition using Community-Based Approaches
  • IRRI-ACI Rice Breeding Public-Private Partnership Platform Activity
  • Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge
  • National Agricultural Technology Project II
  • New Youth Workforce Development Activity
  • Social and Behavioral Change Communication Activity
  • South Asia Biosafety Program
  • Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Programming through Implementation Science
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Production Linked to Improved Nutrition Status, Resilience, and Gender Equity
  • U.S. International Development Finance Corporation Loan Portfolio Guarantee Program
  • USAID Bangladesh Leaving No One Behind Activity
  • USAID Food for Peace Programs
  • USDA Food for Progress Programs
  • USDA Risk Management for Food Security in Bangladesh – Sanitary and Phytosanitary Food Safety Project

Related Resources

November 28, 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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