Despite growth in other sectors of the economy – most notably the ready-made garment (RMG) industry, agriculture remains central to life in Bangladesh. It is estimated that this sector employs 47% of the country’s total labour force, yet only provides 16% of GDP. Because of its central importance - and in order to improve productivity in the sector, agriculture has remained Katalyst’s focus throughout its years of operation. The project operates in three main agricultural sectors, as outlined below.
Fish Vegetables Maize
As well as these three value chains, Katalyst also works on three cross-cutting issues – that is, topics which are not specific to the cultivation of one crop in particular, but which are relevant across all sectors within agriculture. These are as follows:
Information Channels Local Agricultural Networks Women's Empowerment