Publication cover


Gert-Jan Stads, Md. Mustafizur Rahman, and Lang Gao




International Food Policy Research Institute and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council

Back to:


The total number of agricultural researchers in Bangladesh increased considerably in recent years, largely due to a major influx of PhD-qualified scientists at BARI and the agricultural universities.

Agricultural research spending has followed a somewhat erratic trend over time, but the launch of NATP (2009–2014) spurred a marked increase in overall investment levels.

Underinvestment in agricultural R&D is, nonetheless, pervasive: Bangladesh’s 2012 agricultural R&D intensity ratio of 0.40 is very low, especially in the context of rapid population growth, a shrinking natural resource base, and the adverse impacts of climate change.