In 2007-2010, BRAC partnered with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for an integrated four-year programme in microfinance, agriculture and health, catering to the poorest groups of the rural populations. The agriculture and livestock interventions were aimed at increasing production, income and consumption (of nutritious vegetable and animal protein) of smallholder farmers by providing training and ensuring supply of quality agricultural inputs (seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and feed for livestock) along with access to markets. More than 100,000 farmers were able to increase their incomes, production and household consumption of nutritious foods.
Between 2013 and 2017, BRAC’s livelihood enhancement through agricultural development (LEAD) project promoted the maize and poultry sub-sectors, increasing the income of about 105,000 poor rural maize and poultry farmers (65 per cent of whom were women) in 15 regions across Tanzania. The project was funded by UK Aid.