The Accelerating Agriculture Productivity Improvement (AAPI) project is designed to strengthen and re-orient agricultural production systems in Bangladesh. The AAPI project goal is to improve food security and accelerate income growth in rural areas by increasing agricultural productivity on a sustainable basis. The project will promote efficiency of agricultural inputs through an integrated approach. It will promote use of good quality seed, judicious application of balanced fertilizer and better water management practices. Emphasis is on improving farmer access to and use of fertilizer deep placement (FDP) technology to improve crop yields and economic returns to farmers. In addition, AAPI will support capacity building, policy reform, and micro-enterprise development that are crucial to sustainability of agriculture production systems. An estimated 3.5 million farmers will benefit from AAPI and 1,800 private entrepreneur supply points established to afford farmers access to FDP products. The estimated savings to the Government of Bangladesh due to improved nutrient use efficiency is US$84 million. AAPI will also promote water use efficiency through Alternate Wetting and Drying (AWD) technology and use of quality seed.
The AAPI project is a priority agriculture sector project of the USAID Feed the Future (FtF) program in Bangladesh. In conformity with the FtF program, AAPI is engaged in:
Increasing on-farm productivity, especially of rice crops.
Increasing investment in market systems.
Enhancing food security.
Enhancing agriculture innovation capacity.
The AAPI project is funded by the people of the United States of America through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) for a period of five years. Read More....