Community loans and training allow Bangladeshi farmers to grow maize
Ershad Hossain Saju and his wife gave loans to maize farmers in their local community, enabling them to afford agricultural inputs such as fertilizer, and so achieve higher crop yields. Maize is a relatively new crop in Bangladesh, and farming families in the state of Patgram have been able to substantially boost production from around 5.5. tons per hectare to as much as 9.5 tons by participating in CIMMYT's whole family training (WFT) program to learn to grow the crop. CIMMYT partnered with a local milling company—Doyel Agro Industrial Complex Ltd. —to deliver WFT. Saju is the local representative for Doyel, and by also acting as personal guarantors he and his wife allowed farmers to buy inputs at a reasonable interest rate. “I feel I made a difference in the livelihoods of poor farmers, and this is what Allah my creator told me to do,” he says.
Photo credit: CIMMYT.
For more information, this photo accompanied the story "Maize motorizes the economy in Bangladesh" in CIMMYT's August 2009 e-news, available online at:.