Advancing a more prosperous, food-secure and gender-equitable future for Bangladesh and the Philippines.

Protecting food in a changing world

At the Feed the Future Insect-Resistant Eggplant Partnership, we support equitable access to a proven biotechnology that is enhancing food and nutritional security while protecting the health of farmers and the environment. Together with local partners in Bangladesh and the Philippines, we engage directly with farmers, scientists and policymakers to deliver Bt eggplant varieties that meet the demands of the people who depend on this nutritious crop. As the climate changes and food security comes under increasing stress, it is our mission to strengthen the resilience of communities and food systems in the most vulnerable areas.

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Farmer harvesting eggplant


With access to improved eggplant varieties that respond directly to their needs, farmers are overcoming adversity to build more resilient lives and communities in the most vulnerable areas.

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A new Cornell-led project is accelerating the application of a proven biotechnology to enhance food and nutritional security in Bangladesh and the Philippines while protecting the health of farmers and the environment.

The four Bt varieties yielded on average 19.6% more than non-Bt varieties and earned growers 21.7% higher revenue.

Impact study demonstrates Bt brinjal eggplant variety helps farmers in Bangladesh earn more with less pesticide.

Bt Eggplant by the numbers

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Saving on pesticide costs for farmers growing Bt eggplant compared to traditional varieties


Increase in farmers’ net income when growing Bt eggplant


Higher fruit yield


Farmers growing Bt eggplant in Bangladesh

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