Securing Employment and Economic Development around Jute Textile and Light Engineering Sector in North-West Bangladesh






Securing Employment and Economic Development around Jute Textile and Light Engineering Sector in North-West Bangladesh


This project aims to impact on the modern jute retting, agro-mechanization and the job placement for the youth poor which will contribute to the overall economic development of the area of intervention. Through this project a new technology on jute fibre extraction and retting (includes Fibre Extraction machine) has been introduced in the field, which has created opportunity not only for the Jute textile value chain sectors, but also for the light- engineering sectors in Bangladesh.



From 1/2/2017 to 31/5/2020

Budget (Euro)

Total costs EUR 3,999,969  EU contribution EUR 3,599,972 


Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat district.

Implementing Organization (s)

Practical Action, UK


Outcome (Specific Objectives) and Outputs (Expected results)


Overall objective: strengthening the skills and employability of workers, entrepreneurs in cottage and small enterprises in order to enhance their competitiveness.

Specific objective: strengthening the Jute Products value chain and related inputs created in the local light engineering value chain to increase employability and income of workers within small and cottage industries.

Expected results:

1: Increased income and sustained employment of 5850 poor small jute entrepreneurs, traders, weavers and retailers through establishing new small jute processing entrepreneurs and enhancing skills and strengthening jute supply chain,

2: Strengthened the light engineering value chain on agro-mechanisation through introducing ideas of adapting new agro-machines in 100 metal workshops, enhancing skills of 1000 metal workshop artisans (welders and others),

3: Increase access to job information in small and cottage industries for 3000 (2000 male, 1000 female) through the use of ICT and mobile based information service to various employment seekers,

4: Greater collaboration between value chain Actor’s particularly small and large industries, buyers & sellers, relevant government & private sector,

5: Policy engagement, well organized knowledge service for eco-friendly jute product diversification & market led small scale mechanisation.

Target group(s)

11350 employees in wage, self-employment (40% female) in jute textile and associated light engineering value chain. Information and counselling services through a job portal for around 3000 youth, extreme poor and physically challenged men and women.

Final beneficiaries

The light engineering sector in Bangladesh with better jute and similar processing equipment benefiting 40,000 enterprises with approximately 800,000 workers.