Millions of impoverished farmers work in difficult conditions without access to markets to buy quality inputs and sell at competitive prices.
BRAC priorities developing the value chains which are important to smallholder farmers. Food security requires boosting production and distribution and ensuring farmers get a good price for their product. We want farmers to be resilient and enjoy long term prosperity. In 2015, BRAC founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed won the World Food Prize for his approach to development that has and sustainably addressed the interconnectedness between hunger and poverty.
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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 countries become self-sufficient in food production.
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The Value Chain Approach
Many impoverished farmers work in difficult and inefficient conditions 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.
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Innovation and Research
BRAC is acutely aware that farmers 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 enhanced crop varieties of greater quality and value, which are more tolerant to stress and are better able to cope with inhospitable environments.
Taking the LEAD in Tanzania
By developing supply-chain linkages between producers, smallholder farmers, and markets, our Livelihood Enhancement through Agriculture Development (LEAD) programme is helping 105,000 rural farmers, the majority of them women, to increase their incomes and support sustainable agriculture markets. Read more
Sir Abed wins world food prize
In 2015, BRAC founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed won the World Food Prize for his approach to development that has and sustainably addressed the interconnectedness between hunger and poverty. Read more
Young farmers in Uganda
In Uganda, 78 per cent of people are under 30 and youth unemployment is high. We want more young people to have farming jobs. We empower young, women farmers, by giving them land with good quality fertilizer and seeds so they can start small farms. To support their success, we train them and offer ongoing peer mentoring.
A sweet solution
We are working with communities in Uganda to grow orange-fleshed sweet potato and other nutrient-rich crops to combat child stunting. The project is designed to help female farmers grow, market, and sell sweet potatos, with the aim of boosting their economic and decision-making power in the process.Read more