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USDA launches 5-year climate smart livestock project of $34m

Published : Sunday, 19 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 77

The US Embassy Dhakas United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched its new Bangladesh Climate Smart Livestock Project to enhance efficiency, promote climate resilience, and foster sustainable innovations in the livestock sector.

The USDA through the Food for Progress Programme is investing over US$34 million in this project over five years and will work closely with the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock and the Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute (BLRI) to achieve sustainable results.

At a programme held in a city hotel in Dhaka on Saturday, Fisheries and Livestock Minister Valiant Freedom Fighter Abdur Rahman launched the project taken jointly by the USDA, ADCI (Agricultural Cooperative Development International) and VOCA (Voice in Overseas Cooperative Assistance).

According to a US Embassy Dhaka press release, Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change. The US is committed to supporting Bangladesh implement climate-smart agricultural practices to help the country adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

This innovative new project will significantly boost livestock productivity, improve market access, and implement climate-smart practices across 16 targeted districts, ultimately benefiting over 2.5 livestock farmers.

The project will also introduce advanced production technologies, improve animal health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, aligning with Bangladeshs national climate goals. By linking producers to end buyers and increasing access to investment capital, the project aims to grow livestock sales by $940 million over its five-year period.

While addressing the launching ceremony, Minister Abdur Rahman emphasized on growing safe food the animals, so that safe animal proteins can be ensured for the people.

"Considering the increasing number of population, we have to produce more animal proteins and foods to meet up their demands. Not only increasing the production of animals, we have to ensure production of natural foods for the animals," the Minister added.

"We are excited to launch this innovative project. This project will simultaneously help small holder livestock producers increase production and improve their livelihoods, while also reducing methane emissions. This will show that climate change adaptation and mitigation do not need to come at a cost of agricultural production," said USDA Agricultural Attache Sarah Gilleski.

The USDA Climate Smart Livestock project is implemented by ACDI/VOCA.






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