HSB Multitrade

SDG Action Network

Our SDG Action on September 25th

Sustainable Agro Technology

Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh
Number of people taking this action: 1-20
Bangladesh, an agro-based country, is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Poor management, use of excessive agrochemicals and climate change are some key challenges for agricultural production. Besides, decreasing land-man ratio is big concern to feed the increasing population. Agro forestry is an integral part of the rural livelihood systems for centuries in Bangladesh and plays a key role in providing household food and energy securities, income and employment generation, investment opportunities and environmental protection. Various traditional and new agro forestry systems are practiced in different ecosystems of Bangladesh since time immemorial.However, the potential benefits of agro forestry are not being tapped due to lack of knowledge and technology. A model of multistoried agro forestry system has been developed for Terrace ecosystem in Bangladesh with the aim to improve productivity, income generation and farm environment through utilization of available resource, knowledge and technology.Sole Jackfruit orchards are widely found in Bangladesh, which yield poorly due to improper management. The orchard was transformed into multi-storied agro forestry system (MSAS), where Jackfruit trees were kept as upper-storied; Papaya, Lemon and Orange were at middle-storied; seasonal vegetables such as Brinjal and Bottle gourd were grown a slower-storied crops. The MSAS improved field environment in terms of soil moisture and temperature although light was the limiting factor for understory crops. Jackfruit yield was increased by 33% in agro forestry system due to benefits received from fertilizer and irrigation management used for the middle- and lower-storied crops. On the contrary, Papaya, Brinjal and Bottle gourd yields were reduced by 21, 24 and 38%, respectively, due to competition among the components for resources. The overall yield in multi-storied agro forestry system was increased remarkably, and the benefit cost ratio (BCR) and land equivalent ratio (LER) were more than 5 and 3, respectively. Farm environment was improved due to good combination of crops in various agro forestry systems. Soil moisture and temperature were conserved positively in agro forestry plots due to reduction of evaporation and transpiration losses. A large amount of biomass, diversified food, multiple products and shelters were obtained from different components of the system. It was observed that farm income was increased by 182% in MSAS compared to sole Jackfruit system. Farm productivity and profitability have been increased significantly that might have positive impacts on employment and income generation, improve livelihood and living environment and ensure food security of the resource poor farmers. Ever since farmers growing crops raising livestock and caught fish, they always sought for information. In past few decades several research and development initiatives in agriculture space put the farming in fast track. But those new agriculture inventions are not reaching the needy farmers due to information gap. Due to information gap, agriculture in developing country like Bangladesh becomes “Input intensive” but NOT “knowledge intensive”. As a result, agriculture becomes not profitable and farmers losing interest in farming and migrating to urban area in search of jobs. This polarization leading to several social problems, this problem remain persistent until agriculture become “Knowledge intensive” for which information is a key. The biggest conventional and historical barrier for agriculture information dissemination is “Illiteracy” and “Diversity” in developing country like Bangladesh and other Asian and African countries. With the increased penetration of smart phones even in rural area, there is a huge potential to use their phones as primary tool of intervention to deliver the knowledge/information in constructive and simple manner. HALLOBAI agro-tech, a start-up impact going to be first social entrepreneurship firm from rural Bangladesh, want to developed several crop specific android mobile apps to address information in to the gap. These application will be built to break the literacy barrier and deliver the information in regional language with full of audio visuals. Suite of apps for agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry are already been developed and released for farmers in multiple languages. Once installed, these apps can be work offline without internet. These apps spread mainly through farmer to farmer multiplier effect without depending on internet. Within few months after the launch, apps will be reached 15,000 individual farmers and impacted lives of at least 50,000 farmers. Its ability to provide end-to-end information in regional language with audio visuals without internet is key success factor in Bangladesh, These apps will be spreading and reaching one new farmer every 8 to 10 minutes and expected to reach one new farmer every minute in near future. As a result, farmer adopted better “Package of practices” with the help of our mobile apps, which in turn reduced the excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers. Farmer get the perfect price of their product and they will be interested again in agriculture.As per the preliminary survey conducted on our team, overall agro-input cost will be cut down by 14% and productivity increased by 17% due to adoption of mobile apposing agriculture.Thank You
SDGs
1 No Poverty 8 Decent work and economic growth 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities 12 Responsible Consumption & Production 13 Climate Action 17 Partnerships for the Goals
Organising Partners
World Investment Forum, ACT4SDGS, UN SDG Action Campaign

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Countries We Work in
Bangladesh
Languages We Work in
Bengali English
SDGs We Tackle
1 No Poverty 8 Decent work and economic growth 9 Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure 11 Sustainable Cities & Communities 12 Responsible Consumption & Production 13 Climate Action 16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions 17 Partnerships for the Goals
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