Bangladesh—Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Program

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2013-2018

Region: Asia and the Pacific

Country: Bangladesh

Solutions: Economic Growth

DAI is applying a market systems approach to agricultural value chains in Bangladesh’s Southern Delta, home to 30 million people where poverty and under-nutrition are acute and persistent, agricultural productivity is low, and farmers are not linked to markets.

Funded under the Feed the Future initiative, this project works is strengthening 10 agricultural value chains through a range of tools, platforms, and agreements to implement large-scale, systemic interventions. We have forged agreements with 25 of the most influential private sector firms and organizations in the agricultural sector; through these agreements, AVC is leveraging private sector interests and investment opportunities to drive more inclusive growth.

Ultimately, AVC’s work will result in increased access to and availability of diverse and nutritious fruits, vegetables, and pulses in local, regional, and national markets and will contribute significantly to improving food security in the Southern Delta.

Read more from the project on lessons learned from the project’s blog.

Sample Activities

  • Hold competitions for value chain co-investment/innovation grants as well as capacity building and training grants.

  • Help stimulate growth in alternative market sectors and facilitate increased access for farmers to these alternative market channels.

  • Develop partnerships with local groups such as nongovernmental organizations, private businesses, microfinance institutions, social venture capital firms, and commercial banks.

Select Results

  • Forged partnerships with 25 private sector companies and cooperatives to ensure sustainable supply of inputs and transfer of appropriate technologies and management practices to farmers and market linkage of farmers produce.

  • Reached 74,000 new farmers in the third year of the project, a 393 percent increase over the second year.

  • Introduced high-yielding and disease-resistant variety of nutritious mung bean, leading to a 4 percent yield increase per hectare, reduction of post-harvest loss by 6 percent, and increase in average net income per farmer by $64, or 78 percent per hectare.

  • Tomato crop interventions led to yield increase by 8 percent per hectare and average income per farmer by 11 percent. Line-sowing techniques for cultivation of groundnuts plus fertilizer management resulted yield increase per hectare by 196 percent.

  • Linked safe mango growers to two private sector enterprises; assisted those enterprises to develop a sustainable supply and marketing channel for safe mango through a local supermarket and local e-commerce platform, availing urban consumers of 500 metrics tons of graded premium quality mangoes.

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