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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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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Bt eggplant, which is featured in a chapter highlighting ways the bioengineered food crop has improved food security and farmer incomes in Bangladesh, has been an exemplar across key areas identified by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

After 15 years of testing and safety trials, the Philippines has become the second country to allow farmers to grow eggplant varieties genetically modified to resist the devastating insect known as the eggplant fruit and shoot borer.

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

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

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