BRAC is one of the largest, multifunctional, grass root development organisations in Bangladesh. It was started in early 1972 as a relief measure following the war of liberation. Soon it became a community development organization providing health, family planning, education, agriculture and economic support to different sectors of the rural community, but with particular emphasis on the most disadvantaged, such as women, children, fishermen and the landless. Since 1977, however, BRAC has been working exclusively with disadvantaged sections of the community.
It reaches to more than 69,241 villages from 64 districts and around a 110 million population. BRAC has 42,693 full time staff, 53,205 part time teachers. More than 6.4 million total jobs are created through various activities under poultry, livestock, agriculture, social forestry, fisheries, sericulture, horticulture, handicrafts, small enterprises, and small traders. It has also promoted 7 associated companies in diverse fields such as banking, internet service providers, cold storage hospitality, tree plantation and software development. BRAC is also involved in livestock development programmes for pro-poor, reaching to ultra poor to moderate poor in the country. BRAC was extensively involved in the evolution of the Bangladesh Poultry Model in the late 1970s. Apart from hatcheries and inputs services in poultry, it also has a full functional bull station, semen frozen laboratory, and breeding services through more than 1,000 centres, which are equipped with trained manpower and supported by Veterinarians.