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Food security, agricultural diversification and the Monga in Northern Bangladesh

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Ara, I and Elahi, KM, Food security, agricultural diversification and the Monga in Northern Bangladesh, Jahangirnagar Review, Part B: Social Science, XXXIII pp. 331-344. ISSN 1682-7422 (2009) [Non Refereed Article]


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Abstract

'Monga' -a localized seasonal incident of joblessness that results in prolonged impoverishment and destituition of population in the rural areas of Northern Bangladesh. In the present study, as far as the Monga areas are concerned, food security at national level would not help for managing poverty situation directly as it does not have the mechanism to address fully an enhancement of purchasing power of the affected people. Thus, while a national increase in food production could generate more food and income, it would not always deliver food for everyone. On the other hand, while many natural disaster events may trigger off food crisis, it is the government's action or inaction that determines their severity and associated consequences. This is the situation that exactly happens in the Monga-prone areas in recent years. There are various possibilities of extending food security concept at local level in the Monga-prone areas that could be explored. One main option is agricultural diversification through the intervention of science and[]technology. This option will not only address the higher production but also lead to various possibilities. for job creation in the Monga-prone areas. All those could effectively contribute to the anti-poverty interventions, and they could also he integrated into the whole development process in theMonga-prone areas with the aim of poverty alleviation.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:food security, agricultural diversification, Northern Bangladesh, regional development
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
Research Field:Sustainable Agricultural Development
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Ecosystem Assessment and Management
Objective Field:Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
UTAS Author:Ara, I (Dr Iffat Ara)
ID Code:129126
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2018-11-10
Last Modified:2018-11-13
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