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Since 2011, Feed the Future's initiatives have influenced 21 districts in the southern delta region of Bangledesh.

Feed The Future Impact

  • 16 %
    Reduction in the prevalence of poverty in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2011
  • 12.4 %
    Reduction in the prevalence of stunting in children under the age of 5 in the areas where Feed the Future has worked since 2011

Value Chains

  • Rice
  • Horticulture
  • Fisheries
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  • 28.4 M

    Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions in Bangladesh (Feed the Future Survey, 2015)

  • 7.9 M

    Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 13.1 Percent of added value (World Bank, 2018)

  • 63%

    Percentage of population living in rural Bangladesh (World Bank, 2018)

  • 36.1%

    Percentage of stunted children under the age of 5 (World Bank, 2014)

  • 34%

    Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2015

Our Strategy


Increase on-farm productivity and generate income


Boost investment in targeted value chains


Improve the nutrition of women and children


Enhance the government’s policy and planning capacity


Elevate the private sector’s agriculture innovation capacity


Scale proven technologies to smallholder farmers


Promote gender integration in agriculture and increase women’s empowerment


Coordinate and collaborate with other U.S. Government initiatives in the country

Our Progress

  • 715,000

    Producers using new technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY18

  • $226 M

    Annual agricultural sales generated by Bangladeshi farms and firms reached by Feed the Future in FY18

  • 1 M

    Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY18

  • 161,000

    Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY18

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.

Diversifying Food Sources

Consistent with the Government of Bangladesh’s priorities, Feed the Future focuses on increasing rice production while helping farmers diversify their production with higher-value, nutrient-dense commodities such as horticulture and fish. In collaboration with Cornell University and other partners, Feed the Future introduced the Bt eggplant variety in northwest Bangladesh:

  • Reduced pest infestation by 95 percent
  • Reduced use of toxic pesticides by 56 percent.
  • 42 percent increase in yields and a $400 increase in profits per hectare

Empowering Women

Gender issues further complicate food insecurity and undernutrition: women are heavily engaged in agriculture but do not have equal access to extension services or other agro-inputs like seeds and fertilizer. By collaborating with the Government of Bangladesh, Feed the Future is working to increase 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. The impacts include:

  • +500,000 more women own assets
  • +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

Feed the Future partnered with 11 companies and supported business connections between private companies and farmers to produce crops like mung beans, maize, and sesame. Feed the Future support unlocked long-term private sector investment worth $14.1 million. Private sector engagement efforts like these promote robust agribusiness development, which plays a critical role in diversifying and strengthening food sources as well as providing economic opportunities for Bangladeshis.


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 2018 (FY18). Impact data for poverty statistics come from a 2015 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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  • Abiotic Stress Tolerant Rice and Wheat
  • Accelerating Capacity for Monitoring and Evaluation (ACME)
  • Agricultural Value Chains (AVC)
  • Agriculture Infrastructure Development with Local Government Engineering Department
  • Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation (CSISA MI)
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Partnership - Eggplant
  • Agricultural Biotechnology Partnership - Potato
  • Bangladesh Aquaculture and Nutrition Activity
  • Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program
  • Bangladesh Trade Facilitation Activity (BTFA)
  • Bangladesh Food Safety Activity
  • Feed the Future 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
  • Global Agriculture and Food Security Program
  • Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
  • Improving Nutrition using Community-Based Approaches (INCA)
  • Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition
  • Loan Portfolio Guarantee Program
  • Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Activity
  • Meeting the Undernutrition Challenge (MUCH)
  • National Agricultural Technology Project II
  • Policy Research and Strategy Support Program for Food Security and Agricultural Development in Bangladesh (PRSSP)
  • Rice and Diversified Crops (RDC)
  • Risk Management for Food Security in Bangladesh – Sanitary and Phytosanitary Food Safety Project
  • South Asia Biosafety Program
  • Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) Activity
  • USAID Food for Peace Programs
  • USDA Food for Progress Programs

Related Resources

August 6, 2018

2018 Feed the Future Progress Snapshot

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September 13, 2019

2019 Feed the Future Progress Snapshot

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August 29, 2016

A Food-Secure 2030: A Global Vision and Call to Action

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December 5, 2011

African Alliance for Improved Food Processing Fact Sheet

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