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HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health in Bangladesh by promoting biofortified rice that can provide more zinc in the diet. We work with more than 30 partners drawn from government, business, and civil society.

HarvestPlus has been working with the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to develop zinc rice. Recently, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU) joined HarvestPlus in zinc rice development. Rice is the primary staple food in Bangladesh. 

To date, four open pollinated zinc rice varieties have been released by BRRI and are already available to farmers to plant during either the Aman or Boro seasons. A newly released hybrid zinc rice variety, BU Aromatic Zinc Rice, developed by BSMRAU will be disseminated in Aman, 2017. We work with public, private sector, and non-governmental partners to multiply and distribute seed, educate farmers on the benefits of zinc rice, and promote wider adoption and consumption of the crop through public awareness campaigns. We also provide training and technical support to our partners, including the government’s crop breeding and agricultural extension programs.

Summary of released varieties

"I am cultivating zinc rice because it has extra zinc, which actually helps in a child’s development."
— Fazlur Rahman, Farmer from Sunamganj District

Country Contacts

Khairul Bashar, HarvestPlus Country Manager-Bangladesh,

c/o International Rice Research Institute

House 103, Road 1, Block F, Banani, Dhaka 1213

Phone: +880 2 9872641



• International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

Local Government:
• Agricultural Advisory Society (AAS)
• Amra Kaj Kori (AKK)
• Amra Kaj Kori (AKK)
• Apex
• Association for Integrated Human Development (AIHD)
• AVA Development Society (AVA)
• Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University (BSMRAU)
• Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU)
• Bangladesh Human Rights and Research Development Society (BHRRDS)
• Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA)
• Chetona
• Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB)

• Concern on National Problems (CONP)
• Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE)
• Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB)
• Green the Environment (GTE)
•  Integrated Social Welfare Association (ISWA)
• Natun Zibon Rochi (NAZIR)
• Patuakhali Development Organization (PDO)
• People’s Development Institute (PDI)
• Prokash Gono Unnayan Kendro (PGUK)
• RDRS Bangladesh
• Shariatpur Development Society (SDS)
• Shawdesh Unnayn Kendra (SUK)
• Shushilan 
• Small & Medium Seed Producing Association (SMSPA) 

• Natun Zibon Rochi (NAZIR)
• Society Development Committee (SDC)
• Socio Economic Health Education Organization (SEHEO)
• South West Seed Producers Association of Bangladesh (SWSPAB)
• Thengamara Mohila Saabuj Sangha (TMSS)
• Unnayan Dhara (UD)
• Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)
• Voluntary Rural Development Society (VRDS)
• ZHUMKA Bangladesh (ZHUMKA) . 

• Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
• Flinders University
• Harvard School of Public Health
• University of Adelaide