Farmers' response to drought in northwestern Bangladesh

Umma Habiba, Rajib Shaw

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Of all the natural disasters, drought is the most gradual and the most hard to predict. However, this insidious disaster continually affects the lives and livelihoods of farmers living in drought-affected areas. The northwestern part of Bangladesh is recognized as being more severely affected by drought than the rest of the country, as drought is a recurring event in this area. It has substantial impacts on agriculture and causes great suffering for farmers - in particular, poor and small farmers, who are more vulnerable to drought. Therefore, this study tries to illustrate farmers' existing coping practices with regard to drought. It also addresses their prioritized adaptation practices, which are based on local context and available resources. This study not only focuses on the implementation of these adaptation practices from the national to the local level, but it also mentions various roles of stakeholders and a definite timeframe for each adaptation practice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRisks and Conflicts
Subtitle of host publicationLocal Responses to Natural Disasters
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages31
ISBN (Print)9781781908204
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCommunity, Environment and Disaster Risk Management
ISSN (Print)2040-7262
ISSN (Electronic)2040-7270


  • Adaptation practices
  • Drought
  • Farmers
  • Northwestern Bangladesh
  • Responses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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