IFAD in Bangladesh
IFAD has more than 30 years of experience working in Bangladesh. In line with the sixth five year plan, the IFAD 2012 country strategic opportunities programme (COSOP) for Bangladesh has three main objectives:
- Enable poor people in vulnerable areas to better adapt their livelihoods to climate change
- Help small producers and entrepreneurs benefit from improved value chains and greater market access
- Economically and socially empower marginalized groups, including poor rural women.
The country programme's target group includes people living in extreme and moderate poverty. Infrastructure development benefits the extremely poor, especially women.
Value chain development targets landless and marginal farmers, smallholder producers and rural entrepreneurs. IFAD's participatory rural appraisal mechanism and similar tools help to ensure the inclusion of women and indigenous peoples.
IFAD also has grant-funded activities in Bangladesh, including:
- A project led by the International Rice Research Institute to build the capacity of small-scale and marginal farmers in coastal saline areas to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and food price inflation. Results are already being scaled up in larger, loan-funded interventions. The grant was completed in December 2013.
- A partnership with the World Fish Center, which has significantly increased the production and consumption of nutrition-rich fish, improving household nutrition and offering an additional income source for women. At project completion, fish production in the project area had more than doubled.
- In partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Bank and the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, IFAD developed poverty and undernutrition maps that visualize poverty levels and nutritional status in different districts, which aids targeting.
The grant also funded the first study in Bangladesh to explore and analyse the impact of climate change and climatic events on the nutritional status of affected populations.
Bangladesh: Environment and climate change assessment