A Diagnostic Study on Bangladesh Agriculture

Agriculture plays a dominant role in the growth and stability of the economy of Bangladesh and more than three-quarters of the total population in rural areas derive their livelihood from the agricultural sector. The overall objective of this study/report is to formulate development options for interventions to promote inclusive growth by promoting faster economic growth – transformational by moving from the present situation to one of high productivity and commercialisation. The specific objectives were to: (1) Assess the current productivity status of Bangladesh agriculture and its contribution to growth and poverty reduction. (2) Assess the structure of agriculture, its competitiveness, commercialization and value chain development. (3) Assess vulnerability in Bangladesh agriculture due to climate change and investment needs for adaptation and mitigation to agriculture. (4) To identify challenges to Bangladesh agriculture. (5) Suggest interventions for supporting sustainable agricultural development to promote poverty reduction, employment generation and enhance food security in Bangladesh. The study method includes data collection, collection of secondary information, estimates based on different econometric models, analysis and synthesis of information and preparation of the report. 

Authors: Hossain, Mahabub; Bayes, Abdul; Islam, SM Fakhrul
Type: Working Paper
Year: 2017