“We now have a historic opportunity to end extreme poverty and hunger in our lifetimes. The Sustainable Development Goals set a target of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030 and I believe it is within our power to do so.”

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.

Our Approach

Building Self-Sufficiency


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.


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 PROJECT, BRAC feed mill where they grind feed and raise chickens for distribution. Workers sorting rocks from the maize. Ruth Grey, woman in turban.

Program Highlights

LEAD in Tanzania

LEAD in Tanzania

By 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 Liberia

Seed Factory in Liberia

BRAC’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 Livelihoods

Supporting Ugandan Youth in Agriculture Livelihoods

In 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.

Our Impact

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.

Key Supporters of Agriculture and Livestock