Bangladesh is known for its devastating floods and typhoons but as Sajjadul Islam, the LoCAL programme Officer explains: 'these climate events come in long periodic cycles whereas droughts are now affecting us every year and temperatures are rising, taking a toll on farmers and their frail economy'. He describes how the North areas of the country are particularly affected by these recurring droughts. It is for this reason that in participation with the local government (the Union Parishads and the Upazilas) a drought tolerant crop is now being piloted in the Mohonpur Upazila in Rajshahi.
Thai Guava is being planted on a 3.5 acre plot of land to demonstrate to local farmers how it is possible to grow high value crops that do not rely heavily on water while maintaining a good soil quality. Agro-forestry interventions, because of their ability to provide economic and environmental benefits, are considered to be the best 'no regrets' measures in making communities adapt and become resilient to the impacts of climate change.
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