As a result of rising sea levels, Bangladesh faces the risk of losing 17 percent of its land mass. Salinity intrusion, floods, and drought damage millions of hectares. Crop yield in affected areas has dropped to as low as one metric ton per hectare, compared to the average yield of 4.5 metric tons per hectare. These and other effects of climate change threaten the country’s agriculture sector.
In response, the private seed sector in Bangladesh—with support from IFC—is developing ways to enhance production, distribution, and adoption of high-yielding and stress-tolerant seeds. Methods include training farmers and supply chain members and monitoring progress on quality and performance. IFC’s partnerships with leading seed companies such as Lal Teer, Supreme Seed, and ACI offer additional adaptive measures for the farming community. The partnerships will increase production and supply of high yielding varieties, including stress-tolerant rice and vegetable seeds that can withstand harsh weather conditions. This is a crucial initiative to ensure national food security and reduce economic vulnerability of farmers in stress-prone regions.