Increasing food security through improved seed quality in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is a sub-tropical country with 70 percent of its population engaged in agriculture. Major crops include rice, potatoes, vegetables, maize, wheat, oil and pulses, and fruits. Due to an inadequate supply of quality seeds, crop production is lower than that of developed countries. Until the early 1990s, the countrys public sector controlled the seed industry and there were few quality seeds available.
In 1995, Bangladeshs Government began encouraging private-sector involvement in both seed production and supply. Today, the private sector provides seeds for both the local and export markets, and there are now a handful domestic companies investing in seed research and production.
Lal Teer Seed Limited, a Bangladesh-based research company involved in the development and production of high-quality seeds, joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to increase the quality and quantity of seeds produced for domestic use, providing 30 percent of the quality seeds needed to secure Bangladeshs food supply by 2020.
In addition to developing and distributing new breeds of high-yield, open-pollinated and hybrid seeds, Lal Teers inclusive business model calls for integrating an additional 5 million smallholder farmers into the countrys value chain, and innovating new packaging and distribution methods.
Membership in the Business Call to Action does not constitute a partnership with UNDP, BCtA donors and collaborating institutions or any UN agency