Ongoing Projects

1. Integrated Management of Crop-Fish-Water Resources towards Food Security (NICHE-BGD-156): 

Food security is an important issue for the government of Bangladesh. In the process of achieving this goal, the government has formulated national policies for boosting agricultural production, protecting environment and sustaining natural resource base of the country.

The overall objective of this project is to strengthen the capacity for interdisciplinary agricultural education and research in the disciplines of crop, fish and water for sustainable food security in Bangladesh.

The specific objective is to develop and implement interdisciplinary education and research in the areas of crop, fish and water, taking into account gender and labour market needs.

This project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC). This is a NICHE (the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education) project.

Project Partners: Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University & Research Centre, Netherlands | Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand | University of the Philippines Los Baños | Can Tho University, Vietnam | Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council

Project started in: January 2013; Duration: 4 yeras

Project Director: Professor Dr Md Rafiqul Islam, Director, ICF, BAU

Project Coordinator: Professor Dr Harunur Rashid, Coordinator (Projects, Training & Consulting), ICF, BAU


2. Study of reproductive endocrinology of mud eel Monopterus cuchia for artificial propagation:

Project Goal: To understand the physiological and endocrine mechanisms of reproduction in M. cuchia for taking appropriate measures for propagation, fry rearing, enhancement and ranching of this endangered species and to introduce this exportable fish into the aquaculture of Bangladesh for enhancement of income by the fish farmers.

Project Objectives: Controlled reproduction and production of quality seeds in captivity are the key prerequisites for domestication and sustainable aquaculture of any new species under consideration. Again, fry production in captivity and introduction to aquaculture are useful tools for conservation of any threatened fish species like M. cuchia. On the other hand, an induced breeding and fry production trial without understanding the reproductive biology and neuroendocrine mechanism in any fish might often subject to failure. Therefore, the specific objectives of the proposed project are –

  • To understand different aspects of reproductive biology of M. cuchia through study of GSI and gonadal maturity stages;
  • To identify the location of GnRH and GtH genes in the brain and pituitary and to understand function of these hormones in M. cuchia; and
  • To trial advanced maturation and spawning using specific GnRH-analog (GnRH-a).

Project started in: July 2011; Status: Ongoing

Principle Investigator (PI): Professor Dr Harunur Rashid, ICF, BAU

Funded by: Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, Dhaka, Bangladesh


3. Poverty squares and gender circles: unravelling agriculture gaps, challenges and opportunities in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

A persistent poverty in the land corridor connecting Nepal Terai, Eastern India and Bangladeshis accentuated by inequalities based on class, caste, ethnicityand gender. The regioninfamously known as South Asia’s poverty square, home to around 600 million of the world’s poorest peopleis characterised by tiny landholdings, widespread landlessness, poor investments and infrastructure. Despite multiple projects operating tomitigatepoverty, some with a gender lens – an enduring poverty persists. Recent studies indicate new agrarian crises, in particular a ‘feminization of agriculture’: a growing outmigration of a young generation of men from these poorly performing agrarian economies leavingbehind women, who traditionally have restricted access to productive assets, services, infrastructure, institutions and markets to – manage emerging productive [as well as their traditionally reproductive] responsibilities.

Project Objectives: bridging gender “know-do” gaps in situations of increasing uncertainty.

The project comprises of three inter-linked activities which collaboratively aim toreduce gender inequalities in the face evolving governance, economic and environmental changes, by: i)generating new knowledge applicable for development practice and ii) building capacityof relevant stakeholders and actors.The activities address two core WLE CGIAR concerns: remediating the gender bias in agriculture-related interventions; and demonstrating that a viable ecosystem enhances the capacity of poor communities to sustainably develop in an increasingly uncertain world.

PROJECT PARTNERS

Lead Organization: Water Resources Management Group, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR)

Consortium partners (who receive budget): International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Nepal Madhesh Foundation (NEMAF); North Bengal University (NBU); South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies (SaciWATERS); Interdisciplinary Centre for Food Security (ICF) at Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU).

Project Leader (WUR): Dr Deepa Joshi, WUR, The Netherlands

Project coordinator, ICF: Professor Dr Mohammad Amirul Islam

Project Duration: January 2015 – December 2016

Project Funded by: WLE, CGIAR


4. Sprouted fodder production for sustainable improvement of small-holder dairying in the South-West rural Bangladesh

Project Summary: When looking for starting a homestead or raise animals for personal consumption or as a commercial enterprise, the nutritional needs of the livestock will become a key factor in the workload and expense of a setup. Feed availability, quality and price are all continuous concerns with good nutrition and supplementation at the forefront – other issues of animal care can be reduced and minimized. Many regions of the world including considerable parts of Southern Bangladesh are experiencing record droughts and salinity of water is becoming more of a concern for many businesses and individuals who own and raise livestock as they seek options and solutions to maintain the health and growth of their animals. Sprouting fodder can be a novel yet dependable and low cost source of feed and nutritional supplementation in those areas. This technology has the capability to create a local feed resource that can build great resiliency for the livestock industries in Bangladesh. There are many benefits to be found from using sprouted fodder that has been hydroponically grown. When grain is sprouted, it releases many vitamins and minerals as well as converting hard to digest starches into more easily digestible proteins. By growing hydroponic fodder, one can provide a valuable source of nutrition to a wide range of animals (poultry, goats, rabbits, sheep, pigs, horses, and cows). Barley, wheat and triticale have the potential to grow in the less fertile land and can tolerate a fair degree of salinity and drought. In our proposed project, we want to analyze the nutritional values of the sprouted barley, wheat and triticale and understand their values in improving the health status and milk production of dairy cows (quality and quantity). The costs of production will also be reviewed to find out the most viable option for resilient dairy farming systems in South-West region of Bangladesh.

Funded by: SaFaL (Sustainable agricultural Food security and Linkages) Project, Solidaridad Network Asia

Project Leader: Professor Dr M Ali Akbar, ICF, BAU

Project Duration: initially for one year [2015]