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Climate variability and change: adaptation to drought in Bangladesh. A resource book and training guide

In Bangladesh where agriculture is the largest sector of the economy, agricultural production is under pressure from increasing demands for food. A large percentage of the population is already vulnerable to a range of natural hazards with increasing climate variability and climate change expected to aggravate the situation further by causing more frequent and intense droughts and increasing temperatures.

This resource book presents a reference and training guide for building the capacity of agricultural extension workers and development professionals to deal with climate change impacts and adaptation, specifically targeting drought-prone areas of Bangladesh. It also presents suggestions for a three-day training course that would be readily adaptable for any areas of Bangladesh affected by climate-related risks.

The book is broken down into six modules:

  • understanding climate variability and climate change – the aim is to familiarise participants with climate variability and climate change in Bangladesh
  • drought and its impacts – discusses how droughts, periods of unusual dryness, are a natural climatic occurrence and the key impacts of drought in Bangladesh
  • impacts of climate variability and change in drought-prone areas – aims to familiarise participants with vulnerability and impacts of climate variability and change on natural resources and agriculture
  • climate risk assessment at community level in the agriculture sector – identifies the tools and methods needed for assessing climate-related risks at community level, focusing on the agriculture sector
  • agricultural adaptation options to climate variability and climate change in drought-prone areas- aims to guide participants in developing agricultural adaptation options to manage climate variability and climate change in drought-prone areas of Bangladesh
  • climate forecast application to improve adaptive capacity – looks at the forecast products currently available in Bangladesh and their utility for improving the adaptive capacity of rural livelihoods to climate risks.