To reduce the high level of rural poverty, policymakers and development organizations need a better understanding of the constraints facing rural households, what causes poorest smallholders and rural laborers to be trapped in poverty and what possible development pathways
there could be out of it.
Under the Village Dynamics in South Asia (VDSA) project, changes in rural poverty are being tracked at household and village levels in 12 communities in rural Bangladesh since 2009. We look at the various dimensions of rural livelihoods and its drivers, from shifts in farming systems to nutrition data. A major shift from rice cultivation to fish farming, for instance, was observed in Nishaiganj, one of the villages chosen for data collection.
Gender data such as the role of women in crop cultivation, asset ownership and decision-making are also collected which will hopefully help design policy changes leading to greater gender equity.
Together with the Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), ICRISAT is guiding the national policy dialogue on climate change adaptation in agriculture, leading to science based policy recommendations to adapt to climate change, such as transforming the northern drought-prone region into a non-rice crop growing zone, particularly in the dry season.
Key documents on Bangladesh agriculture and food security strategy
Country Investment Plan, 2010
Feed the Future Multiyear strategy for Bangladesh 2011-2015
Rural poverty country profile for Bangladesh, IFAD