Microfinance for Marginal and Small Farmers Project


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Microfinance for Marginal and Small Farmers Project

Microfinance for Marginal and Small Farmers Project

The goal of this six-year project is to improve the livelihoods of poor, small and marginal farmer households. The project is expected to:

  • establish viable microfinance institutions to provide opportunities for 210,000 small and marginal farmer households to invest in on- and off-farm enterprises
  • increase agricultural production through access to information, adoption of new technologies and linkages to markets
  • develop and mainstream Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) operational procedures for lending to farmers and related agro-enterprises

The project area includes 14 districts in the north-western and north-central regions of Bangladesh , selected because they have high levels of poverty and good agricultural potential. The total population of these districts is 28 million, and some 1.7 million will be reached by the project. The project focuses in particular on households that experience a food shortage (less than three meals a day) for more than two months a year, and on especially disadvantaged households (tribal households, those headed by women and those with unemployed youth).


Source: IFAD

Status: Closed
Approval Date
02 December 2004
2004 - 2011
Credit and Financial Services
Total Project Cost
US$ 29.74 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 20.06 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
Domestic Financing Institutions US$ 7.95 million
NGOs Local US$ 1.73 million
Financing terms
Highly Concessional
Project ID

Project design reports

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Environmental and social impact assessment

Final environmental and social management framework

Interim (mid-term) review report

Resettlement action framework

PCR digest

Special study

Project list

Audit and Financial Statements

Project completion report




Bangladesh - Field study on Innovative forms of training and capacity-building

June 2011
This study was commissioned as part of IFAD’s Initiative for Mainstreaming Innovation (IMI) with the objective of learning lessons from IFAD experience in Bangladesh regarding training and capacity building, and so to improve the effectiveness of training for social development, capacity building, technology dissemination and innovation.