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Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project (IAPP)

$50 million to enhance the productivity of agriculture (crops, livestock and fisheries) and increase livelihoods across eight districts.


In Bangladesh, one-sixth of the population still lives in extreme poverty and the country has one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world. Parts of the country are highly vulnerable to weather conditions, like salt-affected tidal surge in the south and flash-flood and drought in the north, creating challenging environments for farming. Agricultural production is highly vulnerable to weather conditions and productivity is low, in part because available mainstream technology and agronomic practice are not adapted to field conditions. Nearly three-quarters of the country’s population and 85% of the poor people live and earn their livelihood in these rural areas, where farmers cultivate only one rice crop per year in tidal surge and flash-flood prone areas. All these factors affect the income and productivity of crop, fish, and livestock farmers.


The Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project (IAPP) focused on introducing various climate-smart agricultural technologies, agronomic practices, and the adoption of crop varieties and production technology packages better suited for evolving climatic and environmental conditions in target areas. The project provided training and technical assistance to smallholder farmers, empowered local rural communities to increase productivity of crops, livestock and fisheries, and created on-farm and off-farm jobs and agricultural entrepreneurship opportunities that, in turn, have generated rural jobs. The project worked directly with farming communities and partners from civil society organizations, academic institutions, and multilateral agencies to build knowledge and skills on new varieties of crops and fishes, modern production technologies and farming practices, promote environmentally friendly water use systems, and link farmers to markets.





Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Inclusive Business

Supervising entity

World Bank & FAO

250,829 farmers benefited from the project, approximately 25% of which were women. Productivity improved for 152,000 crop farmers, 33% of which were women; 48,177 fisherfolk, 28% of which were women; and 50,652 livestock farmers, 89% of which were women.  


Rice production yield increased to 2,684 kilograms/hectare from a baseline figure of 2,200 kilograms/hectare; fish production increased more than 50%, exceeding the project target of a 26% increase; and milk production increased by 0.15 liters per cow per day.


Improved water management increased the efficiency of water use, enabling farmers to increase cropping intensity, diversify production systems, and reduce irrigation related risks and variability in crop production. A total of 605 Water User groups (WUGs), benefiting a total of 51,690 farmers, were formed. About 27,750 hectares have improved irrigation. There was a 49% reduction in water losses.


Mr. Manievel (Emmanuel) Sene 
Task Team Leader & Senior Agricultural Specialist
Based in Dhaka

Mr. Benoist Veillerette 
Task Team Leader & Senior Economist, +39 06 5705 5408
Based at FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

Mr. Mike Robson
Bangladesh Country Representative for FAO

Photo: Kimberly Parent

Work with Us

Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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