–Sir Fazle Abed, BRAC Founder and Chairperson–
BRAC believes that no one should suffer from extreme hunger. Worldwide, up to a billion people struggle with this and as the world’s population continues to grow, increasing pressure is being placed upon natural resources and the land. Food security is a complex and evolving challenge, and one that can only be addressed through multifaceted development initiatives – at scale.
BRAC’s agriculture and livestock program takes a holistic approach to elevate farmers and their families out of hunger and secure sustainable livelihoods through agriculture and livestock.
Innovation & Research
BRAC is acutely aware that farmers in developing countries face a number of evolving challenges including the impact of climate change, the growing scarcity and declining quality of land, and rising population numbers. To ensure BRAC’s interventions remain progressive and effective and to minimize these risks, BRAC has developed a number of collaborative relationships with agricultural research groups and governments. BRAC’s research initiatives include developing develop enhanced crop varieties of greater quality and value, which are more tolerant to stress and are better able to cope with unfavourable environments.
BRAC builds systems of production distribution and marketing of quality seeds at fair prices, conducts research to develop better varieties and practices for the agricultural sector, offers credit support to poor farmers, and promotes the use of efficient farming techniques and proven technologies. Using environmentally sustainable practices, BRAC is helping developing countries become self-sufficient in food production.
The Value Chain Approach
Many impoverished farmers work in difficult and inefficient condition with a poor agricultural value chain. BRAC’s value approach tackles this by combining knowledge development and other extension services with the provision of agricultural inputs to create sustainable and effective agricultural development, all supported by trained community agricultural promoters who engage with poor farmers.
LEAD in TanzaniaBy developing supply-chain linkages between producers, smallholder farmers, and markets, BRAC’s Livelihood Enhancement through Agriculture Development (LEAD) program is helping 105,000 poor rural farmers, the majority of them women, increase their incomes and support sustainable agriculture markets. (note: need media link)
Seed Factory in LiberiaBRAC’s Seed Factory in Liberia creates sustainable production lines to distribute high-quality seeds to smallholder farmers and improve Liberia’s agriculture yields. BRAC aims to develop the seed factory into a social enterprise to support BRAC’s agriculture extension services. (note: need media link)
Supporting Ugandan Youth in Agriculture LivelihoodsIn Uganda—where 78% of the population is under 30 and youth unemployment is 64%—sustainability in youth employment and agriculture is critical. BRAC’s Agricultural Extension Program empowers young, female farmers, ages 15-30, by giving them land along with high-quality fertilizer and seeds so they can start smallholder farms. To ensure long-term success, BRAC also supports these girls with life skills training, financial literacy, vocational skills and ongoing peer mentorship.
Tenant Farmers Development Project
Since 2009, BRAC’s Tenant Farmer’s Development Program, known as Borga Chashi Unnayan Prokolpo in Bangladesh, helps tenant farmers overcome lack of financial support for investment that has typically impeded their socio economic development. Meet Gazipur program members Jahangir Hossain and Kulsum Khatun, and see how BRAC’s agricultural credit scheme, in partnership with Bangladesh Bank, is giving these farmers a second chance.