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.


"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
Country Manager-Bangladesh,
c/o International Food Policy Research Institute
4th floor, House 39, Rabindra Sarani, Sector 3, Uttara, Dhaka 1230
Phone: +880 2 9872641


  • Agricultural Advisory Society (ASS)
  • Ali Seed Farm, Amra Kaj Kori (AKK)
  • AVA Development Society
  • Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU)
  • Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI)
  • Bhai Bhai Traders
  • Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh (CCDB)
  • Department of Agricultural Extension, Ministry of Agriculture
  • Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB)
  • Green the Environment
  • Integrated Social Welfare Association (ISWA)
  • Lal Teer Seed Ltd, Mother Seed & Agro Industries Ltd
  • Natun Zibon Rochi (NAZIP)
  • Prokash Gano Unnayan Kendra
  • RDRS Bangladesh
  • Society Development Committee (SDC)
  • Shariatpur Development Society (SDS)
  • Small & Medium Seed Producing Association (SMSPA)
  • Shawdesh Unnay Kendra (SUK)
  • Socio Economic Health Education Organization (SEHEO)
  • South West Seed Producer Association of Bangladesh (SWSPAB)
  • Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha (TMSS)
  • Unnayan Dhara (US)
  • Voluntary Rural Development Society (VRDS)
  • ZHUMKA Bangladesh
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