In Bangladesh the High Barind Tract (HBT) of north-west Rajshahi division is different from other parts of the country due to its undulating topography having compact and low fertile soils. The region experienced high temperature with limited soil moisture storage along with low and erratic rainfall. Moreover no river/water bodies are present within the HBT. Also vegetation is scanty compared to other parts of the country. These situations make the area drought prone along with poor crop productivity. Monsoon T.aman rice is the major crop and backbone of the rural economy. Thus the areas livelihood is often vulnerable to climate change particularly to drought. In this context FAO funded pilot production program was undertaken to cope with the situation in four Upzials of HBT viz. Nachole, Gomastapur, Porsha and Shapahar during the period January, 2006 to March, 2007. Through a workshop at local FAO office, Dhaka, BARI scientists took the following activity for implementation, based on their 25 years of research and development experience : i) homestead vegetable production, ii) chickpea block production after T.aman rice, iii) publication and distribution of two technology booklets, iv) publication and distribution of a poster on homestead vegetable production and reduction of poverty and malnutrition, v) help the extension personnel to plan and set demonstration along with appropriate technology. BARI scientists successfully implemented all the scheduled works. Apparently those work created a visible impact among the stakeholders which could help them to adapt with the changing climate facilitating better livelihoods. However, for sustainability continuous endeavor is needed for several years.

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