Smart Farming, Healthy Food: Developing Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Smallholder Vegetable Production and Supply Systems in the Barisal and Chittagong Districts of Bangladesh
Context and Project Objective
Changing weather patterns pose increasing levels of risks for smallholder farmers, who are finding that traditional vegetable-based cropping systems are no longer viable under current climatic conditions. Moreover, poor agricultural input and vegetable market integration, the absence of farmer groups, and logistical challenges make farmers extremely vulnerable to market risks.
The Smart Farming, Healthy Food project will contribute to the development of sustainable and climate-resilient smallholder vegetable-based cropping systems in the Barisal and Chittagong divisions. Objectives include the promotion of climate-resilient and sustainable production practices, improved access to input and output markets for smallholder farmers, and operationalisation of a climate-smart Bangladesh Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) curriculum.
- 25,000 smallholder farmers (65% women) trained and supported, resulting in increased productivity and income
- 15,375 hectares of farmland brought under sustainable production practices
- 100 youth entrepreneurs (50% women) with increased farming and marketing capacity, resulting in improved income
- An institutionalised climate-smart Bangladesh GAP curriculum
Funding partners: SDG Partnership Facility, a grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs managed by RVO
Implementing partners: Solidaridad Netherlands (lead partner); Solidaridad Network Asia Limited; AgroTec Distribution; Department of Agricultural Extension
1 May 2020 – 30 April 2025
Bangladesh: Barisal and Chittagong divisions