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Towards a more climate-resilient future for our agriculture

Bangladesh's agricultural sector is increasingly vulnerable to the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events

Update : 24 Feb 2024, 10:13 PM

While Bangladesh remains one of the most climate-vulnerable countries in the world, its rapid growth means that we must continue to find new ways to ensure that our agriculture sector in particular does not fall victim to the effects of climate change.

To that end, the government’s $10 million  “Building Climate Resilient Livelihoods” (BCRL) project, which aims to bring 16,000 hectares of farmlands in some of the country’s climate-stressed pockets under climate resilient agricultural practices, could not have been more timely.

Over the next five years, the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) will train approximately 30,000 farmers on adaptation and provide machineries, farm equipment, and stress-tolerant seeds to vulnerable farmers;

Bangladesh's agricultural sector is increasingly vulnerable to the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, such as cyclones, floods, and droughts. These events have devastated crops, destroyed infrastructure, and disrupted food supply chains. Thus, climate-resilient agricultural practices will help farmers mitigate the impacts of these events and adapt to changing climatic conditions.

This project could also usher in a new era of increased productivity and efficiency of Bangladesh's agricultural sector; the use of drought-tolerant crop varieties can help farmers maintain yields during dry periods, while agroforestry techniques can help improve soil fertility and reduce erosion. 

It is imperative that, as with most of our projects, they do not stop at the planning stage, and that all relevant stakeholders and authorities concerned prioritize the efficient implementation of this project. 

Climate change is not going away, and how we combat it could well decide how successful Bangladesh will become as an economy in the coming years.

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