Project Name: Feed the Future Bangladesh Livestock Production for Improved Nutrition Project
Years of Operation: June 2015 to June 2017
Sponsors: U.S Agency for International Development
Partners: ACDI/VOCA (Prime), BRAC
Objectives: The project seeks to impact rural household nutrition by increasing livestock productivity; improving access of households to di-verse and quality food and; improving nutrition related behaviors of households. The project team will achieve this through two nutrition behavior pathways: livestock production for household consumption and livestock production for income generation.
Outcomes: Dr. Steve Whisenant conducted a rapid institutional needs assessment of the forage, fodder, and feed programs of the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) in October 2015 to assess institutional financial sustainability; research management capacity; ability to access and reproduce a variety of fodder and forage species; capabilities in saline-tolerant and aquatic fodder and forage research; capacity to conduct cost-benefit analyses of alternative forage and fodder production and supply systems; and institutional capacity to disseminate research findings.
Dr. Maad Rawendoozi conducted a three week STTA trip focused on assessing project-led fodder demonstration plots, assessing fodder production farms to provide recommended improvements in production systems, visits to dairy farms and feedlots to better understand the dairy value chain, and ultimately to conduct a workshop with key stakeholders to include BLRI, BRAC, and DLS prioritizing and mapping the current challenges to livestock production in the southwestern region of Bangladesh
What part do we lead: Working towards these objectives, TAMU will provide two years of short-term technical assistance and work in collaboration with the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) to develop a Fodder Crop Field Trials Demonstration Plan as a road map for assessing the feasibility for grass, legume, and aquatic varieties. With a focus on training of trainers, TAMU technical advisors and BLRI colleagues will review existing curriculum provided by BLRI and the Department of Livestock Services and provide training related to addressing biological limits of forage production across a salinity gradient as well as extension education methodologies for transferring appropriate forage production, storage, and feeding technologies to farmers.
About Feed the Future: Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increase incomes and reduce hunger, poverty and undernutrition. For more information, visit www.feedthefuture.gov