ABIR Agriculture and Fisheries

The poor people in Bangladesh suffer from lack of nutrition. Moreover their lives are vulnerable to climate change, natural disaster and the spread of infectious disease. More than half of the population in this country lives below poverty line. They suffer from vulnerabilities like flood, river erosion,   draught, poverty, migration, seasonal unemployment, single cropping land, landless, low literacy, human trafficking, risk of disaster ,impact of climate change, unequal market infrastructure( less buyer, absent of processing, lack of storage facilities, hazardous transportation. So collective marketing through cooperative based community enterprises may be applied as a model here for sustainable livelihood development.

In spite of scarcity of resources, there is a great opportunity to increase agricultural production through access to information, adaptation of new technologies and linkages to market. These new opportunities may help small-scale farmers to move from subsistence to commercial farming so that they can supply sufficient and better food to their families and their communities. These farmers need affordable, convenient agricultural finance services and the technical assistance to grow more food and increase their profits. Our aim is to   engage with farmers at every level of the value chain—from planting to harvesting to selling crops— to ensure better yield.

Agriculture is a potential way of growth and poverty reduction in our country where it is the main occupation of the uneducated poor people. But women, who can represent a crucial resource in agriculture and the rural economy through their roles as farmers, laborers and entrepreneurs, almost everywhere face more severe constraints than men in access to productive resources because of their disadvantaged position with respect to human capital and bargaining power