As floods rise, government insurance shores up Bangladesh farmers

Pakistan pins big hopes on small dams to help farmers beat drought

KURIGRAM, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Last year, Hafizur Rahman’s entire rice crop drowned in floodwaters that followed heavy rain in northern Bangladesh. The loss forced the 30-year-old farmer from Kurigram district to look for daily labouring work, hoping to scrape together enough money for seed to plant a new 8-acre (3-hectare) rice crop this […]

For Bangladesh, Life Begins at 50

Advertisement As a teenager, Prasenjit Pal saw trucks loaded with food drive into Bangladesh every night from the roof of his home in Agartala, capital of India’s northeastern state of Tripura. “The smugglers would carry almost everything Bangladeshis needed,” said Pal. The trucks still move but in the other direction now — driving into Agartala loaded with […]

Desi Delicacies: An anthology of South Asian Muslim food culture


The book shatters all the stereotypes surrounding Muslim identities in South Asia Food writing is no more a neglected genre in South Asia; it is not consigned to the lowest shelf in libraries anymore. Recipes were never scarce in books and magazines; now with social media taking centre stage in our lives, there is an […]

Vulture protection: Cabinet clears proposal to ban Ketoprofen

File photo of According to the latest IUCN data, there are currently only 268 vultures in Bnagladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune The approval came from the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Monday The cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to stop the production of the drug “Ketoprofen” in an effort to […]

OP-ED: A pragmatic reset

President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington REUTERS What will President Joe Biden’s strategy be for South Asia? Hours after President Joe Biden took oath in Washington DC, the leaders of South Asia showered tribute to the new leadership of the United States. Months before the […]

Pakistan pins big hopes on small dams to help farmers beat drought

Pakistan pins big hopes on small dams to help farmers beat drought

ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For years, Nangji Mal struggled to scrape together a living growing pulses and pearl millet on his farm in Nagarparkar, a desert area in Pakistan’s southeastern Sindh province. But these days his land is lush and fertile, after the government constructed new water-harvesting dams nearby. Using irrigation water from one […]