Feed the Future has a mission to build a more prosperous, stable and secure world. Through the Insect-Resistant Eggplant Partnership based at Cornell University, we advance that mission by responding to the needs of farmers and collaborating with local partners to develop and deliver improved varieties of Bt eggplant. This proven biotechnology supports farmer prosperity and safeguards the health of our environment.
The Women-led Nursery Enterprise Model is about more than just planting seeds; it’s about cultivating opportunities for women. The initiative directly partners with women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh to provide the essential tools and resources needed for their agricultural businesses to thrive and generate income.
BARI Innovators Recognized
The success of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute in developing four varieties of Bt brinja earned BAR the prestigious 2023 Foodfluencer of the Year award
Better Health For Farmers
Ansar Ali earned just 11,000 taka – about $130 U.S. dollars – growing traditional eggplant in Bangladesh. After planting Bt eggplant, he more than doubled that amount. It’s a life-changing improvement for a subsistence farmer like Ali.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT BT EGGPLANT
“Farmers growing Bt brinjal in Bangladesh are seeing three times the production of other brinjal varieties, at half the production cost, and are getting better prices at the market.”Jahangir Hossain, the country coordinator for the project in Bangladesh
“I sprayed pesticides several times in a week (growing traditional eggplant). I got sick many times during the spray.”Alhaz Uddin, a farmer in the Tangail district of Bangladesh
Bt Eggplant by the numbers
A snapshot of our innovation ecosystem.