Farmers' adaptive practices for drought risk reduction in the northwest region of Bangladesh

Umma Habiba, Rajib Shaw, Yukiko Takeuchi

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Being an agrarian region, the northwest part of Bangladesh frequently experiences recurrent droughts over the last decade. To cope with this insidious disaster, the farmers in this region practice various adaptation measures through their own efforts with institutional support. But these efforts and support are not sufficient for farmers to survive droughts. In this light, this study assesses the adaptive capacity of farmers along with institutions to develop suitable drought adaptation policy in the context of this region. The drought adaptive practices developed in this study are mainly adopted from the unique approach called socioeconomic, institutional and physical. Results reveal that establishment of mango orchard, vegetable gardening and community health care service would be helpful in enhancing drought resilience at community level. Moreover, an important policy message from this study suggests that validation of these practices through government offices, research institutes and other relevant organizations can help to develop an appropriate drought adaptation policy for this region. Similarly, by performing these practices from national to local level, farmers as well as communities in this region will be able to effectively sustain their livelihoods against droughts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)337-359
Number of pages23
JournalNatural Hazards
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive practice
  • Drought
  • Farmer
  • Northwest Bangladesh
  • SIP approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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