KT in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is among the most vulnerable countries to climate change, which poses a long-term threat to the country’s agricultural sector, particularly coastal areas affected by flooding, saline intrusion and drought, waterlogging etc.The resilience power of Bangladesh farmers however well recognised around worldwide. If pictures taken straight from the fields are something to go by, Bangladeshi farmers are taking all sorts of coping measures—locally developed (floating garden, sorjan method) or based on scientific inventions( drought resistance and saline tolerant crop varieties)—to fight back global warming.
Our Work in Bangladesh
In 2020, area used for vegetable cultivation is 449 thousand ha (Agriculture Yearbook,2020) and the production was 4574 thousand metric tons. At present, Bangladesh export 0.07 million to 0.10 million tonnes of vegetables to 52 countries annually; where Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and UK were the leading importers.
EWS-KT Bangladesh started its journey from 2020 and EWS Bangladesh registered itself as a company in 2019.
EWS-KT Activities and Projects
To address the climate change induced challenges, EWS-KT is adopting the climate-smart technologies (CSA) such as raised bed, seedling production, mulching, trellising. These technologies are disseminating among small-holder farmers through establishing demonstration plots and trainings, conducting farmers field days.Improved practices and technologies will lead to increase yield, income of the rural farmers whilst using fewer resources. Currently, EWS-KT is implementing the “Smart Farming, Healthy Food” project in Bangladesh.
KT Bangladesh is aiming to reach 1 million farmers in the next 5 years. Within these, 0.1 million emphasizes will be given more on youth (<35 years) and women. In KT-Bangladesh we are working with farmers to establish home-garden and semi-commercial demonstrations plots.Home-garden demo will act as a source of nutrition for the family members ensuring the availability of year-round vegetable production. On the other hand, semi-commercial demonstrations plots will add value economically. In ongoing project, target is to increase 30% income and 20% average yield of the farmers working closely with them for the next five years.
As EWS-KT currently working in coastal areas of Bangladesh, where one of the most common methods of vegetable cultivation technique is dikes named Sorjan technique. To make it more efficient, sustainable where crops will be more resistance towards water-stress,salinity; KT-bangladesh is developing a module on Sorjan method.
In Bangladesh, the legal entity of KT is company named East West Seed Bangladesh Private Limited . We did not register ourselves as a foundation yet.