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Promotion of Agricultural Technology Innovations for the Poor Smallholders in Marginal Rural Areas of Bangladesh: An Innovative Business Model Approach

  • Mohammad, Ikhtiar (Agricultural Economics Research Unit, BRAC Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC Centre) ;
  • Malek, Mohammad Abdul (Agricultural Economics Research Unit, BRAC Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC Centre, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn)
  • Received : 2016.10.07
  • Accepted : 2017.02.27
  • Published : 2017.04.28

Abstract

This article aims at demonstrating location specific approach for agricultural technology promotion and adoption in improving the livelihood of the small farmers in the haor basin and coastal belt of Bangladesh. Innovative technologies that have potentials are initially screened by ex-ante investigation and instrumented by the business model canvas, which is used as a bottom-up approach for sustainability of the adoption of proposed technology innovations. Village-level extension farmers, sub-district extension officers and farmers' cooperative are the unique and central features to the business models and forward linkages. Extension service, power tiller, low-lift pump, sunflower, shallow tube well, quality seed, forward linkage for farmed duck eggs, live ducks and open catch fish etc. are the suggested potential technology innovations for the small farmers. The technology adoption business model can be reinvented for different locations within or beyond the country considering the local agricultural problems and prospects for greater sustainability.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : University of Bonn

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