Agriculture has always been a notoriously difficult enterprise in the northwest districts of Bangladesh, which are prone to flash flooding and drought, and in southern regions damaged by saline from tidal surges. Not coincidentally, these are regions of extreme poverty and food insecurity.
Historically, that would have made it difficult for a fish farmer like Abdul Awal, who lives in in Purbo Nijpara village of Baunia Upazilla in Rangpur District, to make a steady living and keep his community nourished.
But with technical training from the Bangladesh’s Integrated Agricultural Productivity Project (or IAPP), Mr. Awal has seen his income increase as production in his tilapia and panga pond improved. And he is sharing his newly acquired knowledge to help others get started in fish farming, and, with the capital he is accumulating, he is venturing into livestock farming.