Our Impact

7

countries reached with agriculture programs

15k

Liberian farmers trained in climate-smart agriculture

78%

of farmers served are women and adolescent girls

600k+

farmers trained since 2012

BRAC’s agriculture programs elevate farmers and their families out of hunger and malnutrition into secure, sustainable livelihoods.

With decades of experience strengthening livelihoods and reducing poverty in rural communities, BRAC understands the challenges farmers face and recognizes their huge untapped potential. Its agriculture programs tackle these challenges holistically by strengthening livelihoods, linking market systems, improving nutrition, and building resilience to climate change.

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Our approach

Training and support

BRAC’s agriculture programs train farmers in climate-smart agriculture and raising poultry and livestock and equip them with inputs like seeds, tools, poultry, livestock, and feed to jumpstart their businesses. BRAC also recruits and trains local leaders to serve as community promoters who provide onsite support and advice to farmers, help them resolve challenges, and sell goods such as animal feed, medication, seeds, and fertilizer.

Training and support

John a farmer in Liberia

Strengthening markets

BRAC complements its training and support for farmers by strengthening rural value chains, connecting farmers to markets, and investing in local agriculture businesses. BRAC runs social enterprises, including seed farms, poultry hatcheries, and feed mills, creating a market of affordable, quality inputs for farmers. BRAC also fills gaps in local value chains by connecting farmers to markets where they can sell their products profitably. For example, in Bangladesh, BRAC’s dairy enterprise purchases milk from local dairy farmers at a fair price, linking them to sustainable sources of income. BRAC also invests in local micro-entrepreneurs who sell important agricultural resources like feed, seed, and tools, training them in business skills and equipping them with more inventory to grow their businesses.

Strengthening markets

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Nutrition and food security

In Liberia, where increasing prevalence of child malnutrition affects the poorest communities, BRAC engages pregnant women and young mothers in nutrition forums and awareness campaigns, educating them about the importance of breastfeeding, child nutrition, hygiene, and food safety to promote healthy families and communities.

Nutrition and food security

Emmanual a local famer

Research and innovation

BRAC collaborates with agriculture research groups and governments to help research and develop improved crop varieties that are higher quality, have better nutritional value, and can survive in challenging conditions amid climate change.

Research and innovation

chickens feeding
Defeating hunger does not depend only on the science of food production. It requires us to address the problem of powerlessness among the poor.”
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC Founder
For more details on our agriculture programs, download our fact sheet.

Where we work

Bangladesh

BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and remains headquartered in Dhaka today. Our first and largest country of operation, BRAC runs a comprehensive suite of programs in nearly every corner of the country.

Bangladesh

woman holding feed

Liberia

More than half of Liberia’s population lives below the poverty line, the largest proportion of any country where BRAC works. We launched operations in Liberia in 2008 with a goal of tackling the challenge holistically.

Liberia

vegetables

Myanmar

BRAC launched programs in Myanmar in 2013. With nearly 70% of Myanmar’s population unbanked, our work emphasizes providing vulnerable communities with financial services.

Myanmar

crops

Sierra Leone

BRAC began its work in Sierra Leone in 2008. In a context with high rates of poverty and unemployment, particularly among youth, BRAC’s holistic portfolio of programs work to support communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

Sierra Leone

hay stack

South Sudan

Since 2006, BRAC has supported families in South Sudan with a variety of programs. During a period of conflict and political turmoil, BRAC is committed to ensuring communities have services and support they need to build resilience.

South Sudan

Poultry hatchery eggs

Tanzania

Tanzania is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, but widespread poverty still persists. BRAC launched its first financial inclusion programs in Tanzania in 2006, and has since expanded its work across a variety of programs to address poverty holistically.

Tanzania

Poultry hatch

Uganda

BRAC expanded to Uganda in 2006, and the country has quickly become home to our largest operation outside of Bangladesh. In a country with one of the youngest populations in the world, BRAC’s work across sectors emphasizes reaching young people.

Uganda

crops in liberia

Program Highlights

A farmer’s journey to save his family from hunger

Before the second civil war erupted in Liberia, Roland had a thriving farm that enabled him to support his family. But years of conflict severely damaged the country’s agriculture sector, and Roland lost everything. Today, Roland is charting a pathway to a better life for his family.

Our work in action

Mary's magic potatoes

With one of the highest rates of malnutrition in the world, Uganda needs solutions like healthy, affordable food. Enter the orange-fleshed sweet potato, fortified with Vitamin A to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in children. BRAC is helping local farmers cultivate the potatoes and educating mothers about their health benefits.

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