Raising Farmer Incomes through High-Value Crops

Publication | September 2010

A project in rural Bangladesh provided farmers with knowledge, credit support, and market linkages to help them maximize returns and increase productivity.

Highlights

  • Agriculture in Bangladesh's northwest region could not keep farmers out of poverty despite the fact that all available lands are being cultivated and cropping intensity is already at 175%.
  • To improve the livelihood of small farmers in the region, the Northwest Crop Diversification Project provided them with credit and information on high-value crops, and improved their links to markets.
  • The project successfully increased farmers' incomes and empowered the women in agricultural communities.