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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.
Kimberly Parent/GAFSP

Challenge

In 2016, more than 24 percent of Bangladeshi population lived in extreme poverty and the country was among 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. In 2019, nearly 63 percent of the country’s population and 85% of the poor people lived and earned their livelihood in the 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.

Solution

IAPP introduced climate-smart agricultural technologies, agronomic practices, crop varieties, and production technology packages better suited for evolving climatic and environmental conditions in target areas. The project focused on:

  • Providing training and technical assistance to smallholder farmers
  • Empowering local rural communities to increase crop, livestock, and fisheries productivity
  • Creating on- and off-farm jobs and agricultural entrepreneurship opportunities that, in turn, generated rural jobs

 

We directly worked with farming communities and partners from CSOs, academic institutions, and multilateral agencies to build knowledge and skills on new varieties of crops and fish, to improve the adoption of modern production technologies and farming practices, to promote environmentally friendly water use systems, and to link farmers to markets. 

Project Status

Closed

Country

  • Bangladesh

Funding

Public

Focus area

  • Jobs and Income
  • Climate Change
  • Gender
  • Inclusive Business

Supervising entity

  • FAO
  • World Bank

Project Highlights

1.47 million

million farmers & families benefitted from the project

15 percent

increase in income levels for crop farmers

37 percent

increase in income levels for fisherfolk

Results

The IAPP introduced climate smart agricultural technologies, agronomic practices, crop varieties, and production technology packages better suited for evolving climatic and environmental conditions in target areas. More than 250,000 crop, fish, and livestock farmers benefited from this project, of whom about a third were women. Further, IAPP contributed to an increase inincome levels by 15 percent for crop farmers and 37 percent for fisherfolk between 2014 and 2016. And, close to 85 percent of crop farmers and 98 percent of fish farmers reported that their family food consumption improved.


IAPP’s Technical Assitance component, supervised by FAO, benefited more than 5,000 people, of whom about 16 percent were women. Overall, the project strengthened human and organizational capacities to deliver increased and more effective public and private investments in agriculture and food and nutrition security.