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Incorporating salt-tolerant wheat and pulses into smallholder farming systems in southern Bangladesh

This project aims to improve smallholder incomes in southern Bangladesh through making dry-season crops grown on non-saline land more productive and profitable, and developing pulses and wheat that can be grown on saline land.
Coastal Bangladesh has large areas of flood-prone land where salinity and low agricultural production condemn many rural people to poverty. This project is part of an initiative associating three ACIAR projects (LWR/2014/072, LWR-2014-073) that aim to increase agricultural productivity and rural livelihoods in the region.
Farmers in the region grow annual crops of monsoonal rice. Cropping in the dry rabi season is profitable, but limited by land topography/ drainage, soil salinity, flooding, and unavailable irrigation. More profitable crops could be grown in the dry season by exploiting fallow land between rice crops.
If farmers used fallow land and increased productivity, they could grow $115 million a year more of pulses and wheat. This would increase employment opportunities for women, improve dietary diversity, and enhance soil health outcomes.