Tarani Kanto Shikari, 45, and his wife, Baby Shikari, wake up before dawn every morning to tend to their rice patties, cows, ducks, and vegetable garden in southern Bangladesh.
Taroni and his wife start each day tending to their cows.
Taroni and his wife harvest fish from a nearby pond to prepare for breakfast.
The hardest time in Taroni's life was after his father passed away. "It was darkness all around. There was no one to help me," he remembers.
Taroni's vegetable seeds
Guti fertilizer helps Taroni double his rice and vegetable yields.
Through training funded by USAID, Taroni and his wife learned how to plant seedlings in a row.
Through training funded by USAID, Taroni learned how to use fertilizer to increase his crop yields.
During harvest season, Taroni and his wife soak the rice they have harvested in the pond near their house. before boiling it and then laying it out to dry.
During harvest season, Taroni and his wife soak their rice in the pond before boiling it and then laying it out to dry.
Taroni spreads his rice harvest out on the ground to dry after soaking it in a pond and boiling it.
Taroni's wife, Baby Shakiri, spreads their rice harvest on the ground to dry after soaking it in a pond and boiling it.
Baby Shikari, Taroni's wife, spreads their rice harvest out on the ground to dry.
From an agriculture training funded by USAID, Taroni learned how to increase the yields of his vegetable garden by planting in rows and using Guti fertilizer.
USAID programs in Bangladesh have helped 1.97 million farmers increase their production.
Taroni taught everything he learned in the USAID funded trainings to his family. Now they work together in the field.
After harvesting rice, farmers mill the rice with a machine to seperate the kernals from the shells.
Taroni sells his rice to local buyers who come to his house with a scale and fill up bags with his rice.
With his increased income, Taroni is able to send his daughter, Trishna, to paramedic school.
Taroni's wife, Baby Shikari
Bangladeshi farmer, Tarani Kanto Shikari (45)
Bangladeshi rice farmer, Tarani Kanto Shikari (45), and his family.
Bangladeshi rice farmer, Tarani Kanto Shikari's son, Taposh (class 7). With his extra income from increased yields, Taroni bought Taposh a bike to ride to school.