How Bangladesh’s Flood-Prone North Is Using Corn to Lift Itself Out of Poverty

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By Mosabber Hossain LALMONIRHAT DISTRICT, Bangladesh, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — The people of Shaniazan union, in northern Bangladesh, still remember when a river burst its banks in the early 1990s and engulfed their homes, leaving the land too sandy to grow traditional rice and tobacco crops. Back then, they desperately struggled to feed […]

Corn crop feeds prosperity in Bangladesh’s flood-prone north

Corn crop feeds prosperity in Bangladesh's flood-prone north

Farmers who can no longer grow rice and tobacco in the sandy soil after flood waters recede are turning to corn, which needs less water and brings in more money * Melting mountain ice leads to more severe, frequent flooding * Farmers have produced a record 1 million tonnes of maize this fiscal year * […]

FEATURE-Corn crop feeds prosperity in Bangladesh’s flood-prone north

* Melting mountain ice leads to more severe, frequent flooding * Farmers have produced a record 1 million tonnes of maize this fiscal year * State backs corn farming to replace thirstier crops, meet demand By Mosabber Hossain LALMONIRHAT DISTRICT, Bangladesh, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The people of Shaniazan union, in northern Bangladesh, […]

Could Floating Gardens Protect Flood-Prone Communities in Bangladesh?

Could Floating Gardens Protect Flood-Prone Communities in Bangladesh?

In flood-prone regions of Bangladesh, farmers and their families utilize a centuries-old tradition to reduce their vulnerability to climate change. Floating gardens — known as dhap, or locally as baira — have been used in south-central Bangladesh for 300-400 years, BBC reported. Farmers build their own floating gardens out of plants, and like rafts, the […]