Alleviating climate change impacts in rural Bangladesh through efficient agricultural interventions

May 28th, 2013 | Source: World Meteorological Organization web site

Rice is the staple food in Bangladesh and crucial for the food security in the country. The alluvial soil deposits, through an extensive river network across Bangladesh, have contributed to a fertile land with high rice productivity potential. However, the frequent occurrence of floods, salinity and drought has repeatedly threatened food security, especially in the rural areas. Climate change is anticipated to aggravate the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events in Bangladesh, significantly impacting rice production.

Noteworthy studies have proposed potential responsive measures by concentrating either on the technical or economic efficiency of the suggested interventions. To this end, the current paper presents an outranking multicriteria approach enriched with a Geometrical Analysis for Interactive Assistance for better reflection of the appropriate interventions to improve rice production on a farm basis.
The drought prone areas of Rajshahi and saline prone areas of Barisal regions were chosen for the study. The results indicated that water storage systems were considered a priority in Rajshahi whereas the introduction of improved varieties was of the highest importance in Barisal.

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