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Bangladesh: Farmers Bet on Climate-Proof Crops

Inter Press Service: With floods, droughts and other calamities battering deltaic Bangladesh regularly, farmers need little prompting in switching to climate-resistant varieties of rice, wheat, pulses and other staples. The crop diversification, actively supported by the government’s research institutions, is already benefitting the 145 million people of this densely populated, predominantly agricultural South Asian country. Mosammet Sabera Begum, 38, a farmer in Purbadebu village, Rangpur district, about 370 km...

Bangladeshi Women on the Brink

Inter Press Service: Char Nongolia village is a basket case when it comes to climate change impacts such as increasing salinity, frequent cyclones, tidal surges, erratic rainfall and extended droughts. Yet, the 40,000 people of this village, sitting on a delta that drains the sub-continent’s major river systems, have endured the creeping devastation of their homeland in southeastern Bangaldesh with no help from anywhere. There is no drinking water supply, no land to grow food crops on, no healthcare facility, no...