In southern districts where land is only centimetres higher than the brackish estuarine water, large swathes of agricultural land are becoming arid: Crop yields are shrinking as a result of increased salinity due to rising water levels in the
Agronomists and agricultural experts now worry that creeping salinity will engulf more and more land in the low-lying nation. “The impact of climate change on agriculture is undeniable and will most certainly worsen if governments and donors fail to take appropriate steps right now,” Ghulam Mohammad Panaullah, former research director of the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI), warned.
…“Bangladesh is one of the worst affected among countries that are facing the early impacts of climate change,” said A.K.M. Rezaul Kabir, secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry….Bangladesh tops the Global Climate Risk Index 2009, followed by North Korea and Nicaragua. Launched at the UN climate change conference in
A raised vegetable bed in Bangladesh helps maintain the soil's moisture. Photo by IRIN