IFAD has been working in Bangladesh for more than 30 years and has developed indepth knowledge of the country’s needs in the areas of infrastructure, inland fisheries, agriculture, markets, microfinance and gender. Based on this experience, and in full alignment with the government’s sixth five-year plan, IFAD is committed to supporting more commercial and remunerative livelihoods for farmers and fishers.
The IFAD 2012 Country Strategic Opportunities Programme (COSOP) for Bangladesh has
three main objectives:
- Enable poor people in vulnerable areas to better adapt their livelihoods to climate change
- Help small producers and entrepreneurs benefit from improved value chains and greater market access
- Economically and socially empower marginalized groups, including poor rural women
The COSOP continues IFAD’s successful targeting approach in Bangladesh. The country programme’s target group includes people living in extreme and moderate poverty. Its targeting strategy starts by identifying geographic areas of poverty and then assessing household assets and needs – including food supply – in those areas. The type of project activity determines which group is targeted. For instance, infrastructure development benefits the extremely poor, especially women, as well as other users of infrastructure in the target area. Value-chain development targets landless and marginal farmers, smallholder producers and rural entrepreneurs.
In the coming years, IFAD will continue to build on effective partnerships with the Government of Bangladesh, its ministries and agencies, and with donor organizations and civil society. Furthermore, IFAD will seek new partnerships and cooperation arrangements with the private sector – especially through projects adopting a value-chain
approach – and will partner with think tanks such as the International Food Policy Research Institute for policy collaboration.