Traditional peoples hold key to healthy ecosystems, Vatican official says

A Miskito Indigenous person paddles a canoe on the Patuca River in Honduras. (Wikimedia Commons/Marcio Martínez)

A Miskito Indigenous person paddles a canoe on the Patuca River in Honduras. (Wikimedia Commons/Marcio Martínez) The Earth’s warming temperatures are having a disproportionate negative impact on Indigenous peoples, those of African descent and migrants, but their ancestral wisdom is essential to efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change and preserve biodiversity, a top […]

Traditional patterns of Ramzan Sehri-Iftar in Bangladesh

The writer Kamruzzaman is an Asia-based prize-winning freelance journalist who mainly writes on diplomacy, refugee, human rights, and climate change. His articles have been frequently published by Turkish Anadolu Agency, South Asian Monitor, and other media outlets including Aljazeera as the content of the Anadolu Agency

– By Md. Kamruzzaman Mohammad Liaqat Ali has been living in the old part of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka for the last two decades. The area is also addressed as “Old Dhaka” after the massive extension of the megacity with new settlements to meet the demands of a growing population and new arrivals, who have migrated […]

Mango Farming in C’nawabganj: Hybrids taking over traditional varieties

Development in Bangladesh: A most pleasant surprise

Mango farming methods in Chapainawabganj are changing with time. Orchards with shorter trees, planted closer to each other, are on the rise in the district where traditional mango orchards have taller and fewer trees. The shorter hybrid mango trees grow as tall as six to seven feet, whereas the traditional mango tree varieties are 30 […]

Every time Bengal loses a traditional rice variety, it loses a little bit of its culture

Every time Bengal loses a traditional rice variety, it loses a little bit of its culture

In Bengali culture, like many other cultures in Asia, “eating rice” is synonymous with “having a meal”. The Sanskrit word “anna” and the old Bengali word “odan” mean both “rice” and “meal”. A standard Bengali expression – “Have you eaten rice?” – is a polite way to inquire, “Have you had your lunch or dinner?” […]