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Cyclones and the Rakhain: Indigenous Perception, Prediction and Survival Strategies

Bangladesh is one of the most disaster prone countries in the world. Natural calamities like cyclones, tornadoes, tidal surges, storm surges, riverbank erosion, floods and droughts are very frequent in this country. Of the natural disasters, cyclones together with storm surges appear to be the most devastating, especially in the coastal areas. In the coastal.. Read More

Building a collaborative platform for climate change: an action research approach

The rapid increase in development assistance funding for climate change has brought with it opportunities to scale up work on development and poverty reduction. But there is also a danger that adaptation interventions will not be based on sound research, or that research will not be relevant or accessible to the developing countries it is.. Read More


Special Report – water Issues between Nepal, India & Bangladesh: a review of literature

After a thorough examination of the available literature on water issues between Bangladesh, India and Nepal, the author has observed that there is an acute lack of scholarly work on issues pertaining to water issues in South Asia. Most of the work available is in the form of newspaper articles. Additionally, the available reports do.. Read More

The proposal of strengthening embankment in Sundarban: Myth and Reality

Since Aila or the tropical cyclone with a wind speed of 120 km/hr ravaged Sundarban on 25th May, 209, the the Government of West Bengal, as reported in newspapers, has expressed the opinion that strengthening embankments with concrete material would save people from such disasters in future. This hasty opinion emerged in a complete isolation.. Read More

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Crop Agriculture of Bangladesh: Challenges and Opportunities

Crop agriculture in Bangladesh is constrained every year by challenges, such as a) Loss of Arabie Land, b) Population Growth, c) Climate Changes, d) Inadequate Management Practices, e) Unfair Price of Produces, and f) Insufficient Investment in Research. In Bangladesh, about 80,000 ha of arable land are going out of production every year. The loss.. Read More

The adoption process of ricefield-based fish seed production in Northwest Bangladesh: An understanding through quantitative and qualitative investigation

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to understand the adoption process of ricefield based fish seed production (RBFSP) that has been developed, promoted and established in Northwest Bangladesh. Design/Methodology/Approach: Quantitative investigation based on regression analysis and qualitative investigation using semi-structured interview were carried out to enhance understanding of the adoption process of RBFSP. Findings:.. Read More

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Assessment of renewable energy resources potential for electricity generation in Bangladesh

Renewable energy encompasses a broad range of energy resources. Bangladesh is known to have a good potential for renewable energy, but so far no systematic study has been done to quantify this potential for power generation. This paper estimates the potential of renewable energy resources for power generation in Bangladesh from the viewpoint of different.. Read More

Energy access, efficiency, and poverty: how many households are energy poor in Bangladesh?

Access to energy, especially modern sources, is a key to any development initiative. Based on cross-section data from a 2004 survey of some 2,300 households in rural Bangladesh, this paper studies the welfare impacts of household energy use, including that of modern energy, and estimates the household minimum energy requirement that could be used as.. Read More


Feasibility and acceptability study of rainwater use to the acute water shortage areas in Dhaka City, Bangladesh

This study explored the feasibility and acceptability of harvested rainwater in rural communities of Bangladesh as well as densely populated City like Dhaka, using simple and low-cost technology. As a part of this study, a field survey was conducted in the water-scarce Dhaka City. Four slums were selected for conducting questionnaire survey. A questionnaire was.. Read More

Flood proneness and coping strategies: the experiences of two villages in Bangladesh

This paper explores peoples’ indigenous survival strategies and assesses variations in people’s ability to cope with floods in two flood-prone villages in Bangladesh. It reveals that people continuously battle against flood vulnerability in accordance with their level of exposure and abilities, with varied strategies employed at different geophysical locations. The paper reports that people in.. Read More