Feb 01, 2018
Bangladesh is vulnerable to different types of climate-induced disasters. The major climate-induced disasters are floods, water stagnancy, droughts, cyclone, tidal surge, river erosion, salinity, extreme temperature and low light intensity etc. These catastrophic events significantly hinder the agriculture production systems, economic and social development of the country firstly through damaging the crops, livestock, fisheries and agroforestry, natural resources, establishments and infrastructures and secondly pulling back the on-going developments, business and trade at local, regional and even global levels. Usually, the coastal belt is flooded from May to December. Salinity also restricts agriculture in the coastal areas. In coastal zone crops are lost due to water stagnancy or tidal surge during July-December in wet seasons. On the other hand, during winter salinity is the major threat to agriculture. During the summer season, due to lack of irrigation availability farmers cannot produce crops in their lands.
The aim of the project is to ensure food security of ultra-poor climate vulnerable farmers promoting climate-smart agricultural system using ICT in the coastal belt. Poor farmer gains fruitful access to ICTs through shared facilities in their own languages. The project is being implemented in the saline prone areas establishing climate smart agricultural information & investment Centre; developing and regular updating customized software; disseminating seasonal agro-meteorological, soil and hydrological information relating to crop suitability using cellular phone and mobile internet; educating farmers on ICT and climate resilient agricultural system, soil health, and also about flood & saline tolerant varieties.