Bangladesh

Overview

Country Bangladesh Capital : Dhaka

Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and has a population of over 156 million.

Due to Bangladesh’s heavy dependence on agriculture, rural farmworkers face seasonal unemployment among rural farmworkers. There is also a generally low standard of living in many areas. Rice is the predominant agricultural product, but jute and tea also are important.

14-21% of the food energy consumed in Bangladesh comes from crops that are not native to the region. Most of these plants’ diversity is found elsewhere on the planet.

The Crop Trust has supported 4 projects in Bangladesh

  1. Chickpea: The Crop Trust supported the Plant Genetic Resources Centre of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) to regenerate and characterize 50 chickpea accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of these crops.
  2. Grass pea: The Crop Trust provided support to the Plant Genetic Resources Centre of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) to characterize and evaluate 1,000 grass pea accessions for ODAP content (a neurotoxin that can cause irreversible paralysis when consumed in large quantities) and protein content with the aim of improving its nutritive quality and increasing consumption in Bangladesh and northern parts of India and Ethiopia.
  3. Grass pea: The Crop Trust supported the Plant Genetic Resources Centre of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) to regenerate and characterize 1,200 grass pea accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of this crop.
  4. Lentil: The Crop Trust supported the Plant Genetic Resources Centre of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI) to regenerate and characterize 205 lentil accessions with the objective of rescuing threatened diversity and enhancing use of these crops.