The USAID Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Project in Bangladesh is working to address many agricultural challenges by improving Bangladesh’s economic stability through enhanced food security in the impoverished Southern Delta region. The five-year $34.2 million project is a part of US Government’s Feed the Future Initiative to end hunger in the world’s most food-insecure regions.
The AVC project is applying a market systems approach to targeted agricultural value chains to increase rural incomes, support rural employment, and expand export sales. The project has identified eight major agricultural crops with the potential for value added processing and new end users. The food value chains include potatoes, tomatoes, mangos, groundnuts, pulses like lentils and mungbeans and summer vegetable basket that include bitter gourd, eggplant, cucumber, sweet gourd and pointed gourd. Non-food products include flowers and natural fibers like jute and coir.