US$ 2022.2 million
Total project cost
US$ 781.7 million
Total IFAD financing
Since gaining independence in 1971, Bangladesh has increased its real per capita income by more than 130 per cent and cut poverty by more than half. Yet it remains a low-income country with substantial poverty, inequality and deprivation.
Almost one third of the population lives below the poverty line, and poverty is highest in rural areas. Half of all rural children are chronically malnourished and 14 per cent suffer from acute malnutrition.
Although agriculture now accounts for less than 20 per cent of gross domestic product, the farm sector still employs about 44 per cent of the labour force. However, the amount of farmland is shrinking as the country urbanizes, and most rural households have little if any cultivable land. Rice, wheat, jute, fruits and vegetables are the main food crops, but farmers lack access to critical agricultural inputs such as high-yielding rice seeds.
With two thirds of its territory less than five metres above sea level, Bangladesh is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Poor people are hit hardest as they often live in poorly constructed housing and on land that is vulnerable to extreme weather.
IFAD has been investing in poor rural women and men in Bangladesh for almost 40 years. Our current approach is aimed at:
- enabling poor people in vulnerable areas to better adapt their livelihoods to climate change;
- helping small producers and entrepreneurs benefit from improved value chains and greater market access;
- empowering marginalized groups, including poor rural women, both economically and socially.
IFAD invests in infrastructure that benefits extremely poor people in Bangladesh, especially women. We also invest in value chains that support landless and marginal farmers, smallholder producers and rural entrepreneurs. Participatory tools help to ensure the inclusion of women and indigenous peoples.
IFAD also has a number of research and grant-funded activities in Bangladesh, including partnerships with the International Rice Research Institute, WorldFish, World Food Programme, World Bank and Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
Over the last 40 years, cyclones and floods have affected more than 400 million people in Bangladesh.
Although agriculture accounts for less than 20 per cent of gross domestic product, the farm sector still employs about 44 per cent of the labour force.
Since 1979, IFAD has supported 31 programmes and projects in Bangladesh for a total amount of US$717.2 million, directly benefiting more than 10.7 million rural households.
Projects and Programmes
Rural Development: Promoting Resilience of Vulnerable through Access to Infrastructure, Improved Skills and Information (Former CRCD)READ MORE
Research/Extension/Training: National Agricultural Technology Programme - Phase II ProjectREAD MORE
Credit and Financial Services: Promoting Agricultural Commercialization and Enterprises ProjectREAD MORE
Rural Development: Haor Infrastructure and Livelihood Improvement Project - Climate Adapation and Livelihood ProtectionREAD MORE
Credit and Financial Services: Finance for Enterprise Development and Employment Creation ProjectREAD MORE
Rural Development: Market Infrastructure Development Project in Charland RegionsREAD MORE
Credit and Financial Services: Microfinance for Marginal and Small Farmers ProjectREAD MORE
Agricultural Development: Sunamganj Community-Based Resource Management ProjectREAD MORE
Agricultural Development: Agricultural Diversification and Intensification ProjectREAD MORE
Irrigation: Small-scale Water Resources Development Sector ProjectREAD MORE
Agricultural Development: Netrakona Integrated Agricultural Production and Water Management ProjectREAD MORE
Rural Development: Special Assistance Project for Cyclone Affected Rural HouseholdsREAD MORE
Credit and Financial Services: Marginal and Small Farm Systems Development Crop Intensification ProjectREAD MORE
Irrigation: Small Scale Flood Control, Drainage and Irrigation ProjectREAD MORE
World Food Day 2017 - Changing the future of migration
Independent evaluation highlights IFAD-supported programme in Bangladesh produces significant results in rural poverty reduction
Event on evaluation of IFAD-financed rural development programme in Bangladesh
New project to improve incomes for poor people in rural Bangladesh
ASAP Bangladesh factsheet
change-related shift towards pre-monsoon rainfall is coinciding with the paddy rice pre-harvest period. This severely affects food output in the Haor, which provides up to 16 per cent of national rice production.
ASAP Bangladesh factsheet
change. During the monsoon period, the Haor region of Bangladesh becomes
completely inundated with 4-8 metres of water for around 6-7 months of the year.
Flash fl oods are common, and in some years 80-90 per cent of crops are lost
because of extreme weather events. The situation is expected to worsen as a climate
change-related shift towards pre-monsoon rainfall is coinciding with the paddy rice
pre-harvest period. This severely affects food output in the Haor, which provides up
to 16 per cent of national rice production.
For questions please contact Country Office Bangladesh,