Food/Nutrition Security and Sustainable Livelihoods
MCC Bangladesh has had successful agriculture work over the past 40 years including introducing improved production methods, different cropping patterns and new crops. Over this period, MCC Bangladesh successfully pioneered the introduction and establishment of soybean in Bangladesh, as well as various winter vegetables to address nutrition deficiencies, such as cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, oilseeds (e.g. sunflowers) and improved potato varieties. Today we work with farm families to increase their use of environmentally-sensitive production techniques, alternative cropping patterns in response to climate changes, and raising trees for fruit and timber production, medicinal purposes, and for environmental sustainability. We also work with households to build capacity on issues of homestead livestock rearing, composting, kitchen gardening and other vegetable production aimed at increasing income as well as improved access to a nutritious diet.
We also place emphasis on value chain interventions including strengthening marketing channels for agricultural products (e.g. milk, pesticide-free vegetables). For example one project works with vegetable grower families as well as different people involved in value chain of the vegetables and includes capacity building for the vegetables grower families, input suppliers, local service providers and establishment of linkage among different market players.