Dan Gudahl showcases the Rural Enterprise for Alleviating Poverty (REAP) Project at November Ag Sector Council Seminar
Last Wednesday, Dan Gudahl, Senior Program Officer at Winrock International, engaged the Agriculture Sector Council audience in a discussion about sustainable aquaculture and horticulture production in rural Bangladesh. His presentation centered on the recently-completed Rural Enterprise for Alleviating Poverty (REAP) Project, funded by USDA and implemented by Winrock International.
Bangladesh faces widespread food insecurity, high poverty rates, and limited public access to land and other assets. The REAP Project's objective was to increase supplemental incomes and reduce poverty by helping small and marginal farm families grow more food on underutilized homestead plots and pond-dikes. Participating farmers learned how to efficiently produce freshwater prawn and carp, as well as high-value horticultural crops such as cucumber, gourd, and papaya. In addition to providing production assistance, REAP field staff established market channels, organized value chain workshops, and created farmer's associations to enable long-lasting farmer-to-farmer support.
In the video below, Dr. Gudahl explains the key elements of the REAP Project. Cick here to view the full screencast or download the transcript of this dynamic presentation.