Tools of Transformation
- Clean Water
- Education and Training
- Sustainable Farming
- Women's Empowerment
Bangladesh continues to be one of the least developed countries in South Asia. About a third of the country floods every year due to the monsoon rainy season, severely hindering economic development.
The People’s Republic of Bangladesh is located in South Asia and is bordered by Burma and India with the Bay of Bengal to the south. Bangladesh continues to be one of the least developed countries in South Asia. About a third of the country floods every year due to the monsoon rainy season, severely hindering economic development.
More than 60 percent of the total population in these two regions is living below the poverty line. The majority of the population’s income is based on agriculture and livestock; 89 percent of the total households are marginalized populations and small farmers. About 10 percent are landless farmers. Far below the national average, the literacy rate is 41.8 percent and 22.1 percent, respectively.
The three indicators of malnutrition—stunting, wasting and being underweight—are far below the national average with stunting at 43.2 percent, wasting at 17.4 percent and the population recorded as being underweight at 41 percent.
More than 76 percent of the country’s 161 million people live on less than $2 a day and about 41 percent of Bangladeshi children are underweight.
Established in 2012, Heifer Bangladesh is targeting the northwest and northeast regions of Bangladesh where the poverty levels are very high.