In Bangladesh, the non-profit organisation UBINIG and the agricultural movement Nayakrishi Andolon supported and advised tobacco farmers in the districts Kushtia, Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban on suitable alternative crops to tobacco, between 2009 and 2011. Nayakrishi Andolon provided training on ecological farming practices, based on their principles. These include: mixed cropping, no chemical or pesticide use, and own seed production. Tobacco farmers were thus able to switch to growing potatoes, maize, lentils and coriander or potatoes, french beans and felon beans as a mixed crop. A study conducted by UBINIG showed that these farmers had over fourty percent more return on their initial investment (1.42 Taka from per Taka investment) in one season as well as far less input costs compared to tobacco farmers.
Mixed cropping of food