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Agricultural Growth and Employment

Denmark and Bangladesh have a long history of bilateral cooperation in the agriculture sector. Denmark's strategy to support the agricultural sector in Bangladesh includes a strong poverty reduction focus, together with special emphasis on poorer women, nutrition, marketing and environment. Denmark financed projects support capacity building of the farmers and delivery of essential services nearer to the farmers’ door steps.

Why is Denmark supporting food and agriculture?

Agriculture is the dominant economic activity in Bangladesh and regarded as the lifeline of the Bangladeshi economy. Its role is vital in enhancing productivity, profitability and employment in the rural areas to improve the wellbeing of the poor. As the largest private enterprise, agriculture contributes about 16% of the GDP, sustains the livelihood of about 52% of the labour force, and remains a major supplier of raw materials for agro-based industries. Agriculture is also a social sector concerned with issues like food and nutritional security, income generation and poverty reduction. Hence, improvement in agricultural sector performance and acceleration of its growth are critical to reducing poverty in Bangladesh.



How is Denmark supporting food and agriculture?

Denmark’s support to agricultural development in Bangladesh has consistently been channelled through the Government of Bangladesh. This approach has been advantageous since these interventions have been well anchored at national level and have significant impact on the policies and strategies of the Government of Bangladesh.

Denmark supports the Agricultural Growth and Employment Programme (AGEP). The duration of the AGEP is from mid-2013 to mid-2018, and the total Danish contribution to the programme is DKK 330 million with Government of Bangladesh contributing additional DKK 75 million.

AGEP is in line with the priorities of the Government of Bangladesh as set out in the Sixth Five Year Plan as well as the Strategy for Denmark’s Development Cooperation and Denmark-Bangladesh Country Policy Paper. The AGEP focuses on agricultural production as well as on agro-processing and agro-business development.

AGEP has three components:

  1. Integrated Farm Management Component (IFMC);
  2. Agriculture and Food Security Project in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (AFSP in CHT); and
  3. Agro-business Development Component (ABDC).

The immediate objectives of AGEP are:

  • Agricultural production of female and male marginal and small farm households increased and diversified through Integrated Farm Management (IFM) Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and
  • Strengthening of the competitiveness of the agricultural and agro-business sectors.

The IFMC supports the core business of DAE, i.e. provide extension service through conduction of Farmer Field School. Farmer Clubs and Farmers Organisations will be established and developed into sustainable organisations.

AFSP is implemented by UNDP under overall supervision of the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs. The AFSP in CHT promotes Integrated Farm Management through Farmers Field School in the Chittagong Hills Tracts.

ABDC supports the multi Development Partner (DFID, SDC and Denmark) basket fund project titled "Agribusiness for Trade Competitiveness Program (ATC)" popularly branded as Katalyst and implemented by Swisscontact.




  • Around 3 million farm families trained on improved farm management;
  • Around 715 kilometres of rural roads constructed and 5.6 million labour-days generated to the benefit of 33,000 rural poor women.
  • Household income increased by 15%