Agricultural investments are enabling Bangladesh to become self-sufficient in rice production.
Boro rice was developed with the assistance of hte International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), part of the publicly funded CGIAR research system. Boro rice depends on irrigation, so production increases mirror increase in irrigated land. Most rice production was Aman rice, planted during monsoon season. Production doubled by incorporating Boro rice, planted during dry season and grown under irrigation. Boro rice is less susceptible to flooding and damage, so now makes up most of production.
1980's privatization of fertilizer allowed a 9-fold increase in fertilizer usage to support high-yielding varieties. Steady commitment to fertilizer led to continued adoption of high-yielding rice varieties and increased yields.
Increased Agricultural Productivity is Reducing Hunger and Poverty