The Feed the Future (FtF) Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab (SIIL) is a new initiative that specifically responds to challenges in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.
SIIL is a USAID-funded program that supports research, knowledge sharing, and capacity building in relation to smallholder farming systems, and increasing ecological intensification for the production of food, fiber and other products in Asia and Africa.
In Bangladesh, SIIL has sub-awarded the project “Unlocking the production potential of polder communities in coastal Bangladesh through improved resource use efficiency and diversified cropping systems”. The project is led by the Kansas State University (KSU) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), with partners including BRAC.
The coastal region of Southern Bangladesh is home to some of the world’s poorest, most food insecure, malnourished and socioeconomically challenged people. Despite significant investments in region’s development, extremely low farm productivity has been a persistent obstacle for improving the food and nutrition security and livelihoods of about one million farming families living within the “polders”.
Polders or “low-lying land enclosed by embankments and surrounded by tidal rivers”, are the mainstay for survival and crop production. While farm productivity and profitability have greatly increased through intensification and diversification of agricultural systems over the past 30 years to the rest of Bangladesh, the polders are left behind with traditional practices. The outcome is chronic food and nutrition insecurity, low farm employment and extreme instability of household income, which led to a vicious cycle of poverty. The most affected are smallholder farmers, landless farm laborers, women and children.
The SIIL-Polder project aims to increase farm income and nutrition security by intensifying polder farming systems through implementation of sustainable and economically viable practices.
The major objectives of the project are:
I. Testing and validation of improved production system
- Understanding of drivers of Adaptation and Adoption
- Integration of production technology with gender and nutrition
- Empowering women, landless farmers and youth
II. Capacity building of next generation scientists
III. Pathways for Outscaling
Apr 29, 2017 | 06:09 am
The low-lying tract of polders in the coastal zone which is home to millions of poor people is regarded as a low agricultural productivity zone. The farmers generally grow a single crop of traditional rice. While many government and international agencies are working to unlock the production potential of the[…]Read more...
Feb 24, 2017 | 06:24 am
With more than 70 percent of the cereal based diet with a small proportion of protein and micronutrient, undernutrition is a serious challenge in Bangladesh. In the polders of coastal Bangladesh, the situation exacerbates further with a significant part of the population which doesn’t have sufficient food to eat throughout[…]Read more...
Feb 14, 2017 | 09:43 am
While SIIL-Polder project is working with the community on innovations to unlock the production potentials, BRAC is taking the lead to relay the research findings to a large number of farmers. One of the common goals of BRAC Agriculture and Food Security Program and SIIL-Polder project is to support adoption[…]Read more...
Feb 7, 2017 | 00:20 am
Agricultural mechanization in the coastal zone of Bangladesh is almost absent except the use of two-wheel tractor in land preparation. Undulated topography and waterlogging are considered the main barriers to mechanization. Farmers generally manually harvest their rice which not only quite expensive but also takes significant time before the field[…]Read more...
Jan 4, 2017 | 08:21 am
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Anna Minj is the director of Community Empowerment Program, Integrated Development Program and Targeting the Ultra Poor Program of BRAC.
Tahmina Begum is the deputy director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) of the Government of Bangladesh. She is the current project director of the Blue Gold-DAE project on water management in the southern region of Bangladesh.
Sultan Ahmed is the member director, Natural Resources Management Division of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, the apex body of the national agricultural research system.
Mahfuzur Rahman is the additional director general for Planning at the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), the government organization responsible for policy formulation, development, and management of the water resources in Bangladesh.
Zahirul Haque Khan is the principal specialist and director of the Coast, Port, and Estuary Management Division at the Institute of Water Modeling.
Manoranjan Mondal is a water scientist at IRRI and is the convener of the advisory committee.
A biannual newsletter that highlights challenges and opportunities in coastal Bangladesh. It is published IRRI with support from the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, a new Feed the Future initiative funded by USAID.
Vol. 1 No. 1 May 2016 | Download
Vol. 1 No. 2 Decembery 2016 | Download
- Humphreys, E., T.P. Tuong, M.C. Buisson, I. Pukinskis and M. Phillips. 2015. Revitalizing the Ganges Coastal Zone: Turning Science into Policy and Practices Conference Proceedings. Colombo, Sri Lanka: CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF). 600pp.
For more information about the SIIL-Polder project, you may contact:
IRRI Bangladesh Office
House 103, Road 1, Block F,
Banani, Dhaka - 1213
Telefax: +880 2 55040835
Fax: +880 2 9899676