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Tennessee State University Farmer-to-Farmer in Bangladesh

Tennessee State University Farmer-to-Farmer program in Bangladesh USAID-funded Special Program Support Project (SPSP)
  • Program Snapshot

  • Country: Bangladesh
  • Award Value: $150,000
  • VEGA Lead Member: Tennessee State University
  • Objective: The main objective of this project is to provide volunteer technical assistance in sustainable vegetable cultivation to women’s groups, extension agents, faculty and small-scale farmers in Bangladesh. This will be achieved in collaboration with Bangladesh Agricultural University. The goals of the program are: (1) Improve capabilities, practices or technologies on vegetable production (conventional and organic). (2) Improve the knowledge and skills of young faculty and researchers in agriculture education. (3) Better understanding of economic returns for producers. (4) Marketing strategies for organic produce.
  • Timeline: March 23, 2015-March 22, 2016
  • Volunteers: 10
  • Local Partners:

    Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI), Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU)

  • Theme: Sustainable Agriculture, Value Chains

In Bangladesh, organic farming activities are focused currently on vegetable crops. However, farmers lack sustainable know-how and technology. Tennessee State University’s Farmer-to-Farmer program will address these problems by providing technical assistance in sustainable vegetable cultivation.

The Program will enhance the research capacity of the agricultural sector in rural areas in Bangladesh, particularly around the production of organic vegetables for local and foreign markets and development of support systems for small-scale and women farmers to participate in the production of these crops. Since organic vegetable production is a new area for Bangladeshi farmers, as well as the national university system, the project will provide numerous opportunities in capacity building at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU).