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TITLE: Shifting Agrarian Landscapes: Climate Change and Adaptation in Bangladesh HOSTS: Jason Cons and Shelley Feldman
 

Summary: TITLE: Shifting Agrarian Landscapes: Climate Change and Adaptation in Bangladesh
HOSTS: Jason Cons and Shelley Feldman
March 8, 2012
Projected changes in global climate will have an impact on people throughout the world. However, their
effects may be particularly severe in the densely populated and ecologically fragile lowland areas of the
Ganges Delta, in which the vast majority of Bangladesh is situated. For rural peasants, these
transformations are already yielding dramatic demographic, social, ecological, and economic shifts as
new patterns of circular migration, farming practices, and pressure on agricultural land and water
resources are rapidly reorganizing village-life and changing Bangladesh's agrarian landscapes. Far from
occurring in isolation, these shifts may overlap and work in parallel or in conflict with each other
generating further changes in the organization of rural production. Such changes include the increasing
concentrations of land in large-holder farms in new commodities (e.g., shrimp cultivation) focused on
urban and international markets. They also may include the changing role of conservative Islamist
religious institutions in the countryside who have increasing purchase in the provisioning of resources
for the rural poor. While many of these phenomena have been explored in isolation, there remains a
critical dearth of information about the relationships between climate change and other forms of
agrarian transformation.
As these processes of change accelerate, there emerges a pressing need to understand not just the
dynamic relationships between them but, as importantly, the responses and strategies of those on the
"front lines" of climate change. Such perspectives might yield information critical not just in project

  

Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

 

Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering