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Fort Valley State University research scientist helps farmers in Bangladesh address food security, land use efficiency

Published: 08/04/2016 4:33PM
By: bradleyc


Dr. Hari Singh, a Fort Valley State University researcher and assistant professor, visits Bangladesh to work on a project to help farmers improve food security.

Food security and poor soil conditions are two challenges many developing country farmers face in relation to food production.

To help address this problem, Dr. Hari Singh, a Fort Valley State University College of Agriculture researcher and assistant professor, is working to identify crops that can grow in poor soil. He is also working to identify cropping systems where farmers can grow more than one crop in affected areas with the goal of added food production and utilization of large amounts of unused land.

Through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agriculture Services (FAS) grant, Singh is conducting a research project in Bangladesh, a country in Southeast Asia.

“Farmers who include both men and women members of the family must be incorporated in the research development and execution process as partners. This will allow them to appreciate and understand by their own experiences how the research results will impact their farm profitability,” Singh said.

Singh who began working on this project in June, is collaborating with partners at Bangabandhu Sheiks Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University in Bangladesh, and a non-government organization called Ulsahi Sreejony Sangha (USS). Through this partnership, the group is collectively working to introduce soybeans as a second crop in saline soils, or salty soils where only one harvest of rice crop is obtained for the entire year. It is very difficult to grow any other crops in such areas. The group is also working to create best management practices to help farmers improve farm productivity.


Dr. Hari Singh, works alongside a farmer in Bangladesh in an effort to help improve land use.

“This will directly address the problem of oilseed deficiency and underutilization of coastal land in Bangladesh,” Singh said.

Dr. Govind Kannan, dean of FVSU’s College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology said he is excited to see faculty engagement in international collaboration. “The College has enhanced its global outreach in the recent years and has extensive research programming in sustainable agriculture and small-scale farming which are of value to developing countries,” Kannan said.

For more information about agricultural research at FVSU, download the latest research report at http://ow.ly/eQKW302AFjr