Chair: Kunle Akingbola, Lakehead University
How does the DAE Strengthen Farmers’ Innovation Networks to Adapt Rice Cultivation to Flash Flooding in Bangladesh?
MD Kamruzzaman, Australian National University; Katherine A. Daniell, Australian National University; Ataharul Chowdhury, University of Guelph; Steven Crimp, Australian National University
This paper examines how the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Bangladesh has been supporting innovation networks of farmers to adapt rice cultivation to flash flooding in Bangladesh. Agricultural innovation and social network theory were used to analyse data that were collected from farmers located in the north-eastern part of the country. The findings indicated that the DAE supported farmers to develop innovation networks mostly for agronomic practices and less for harvesting activities. DAE, to a large extent, connected farmers to formal actors, such as research organizations, as well as to advisory organizations.
Grameen Krishi Foundation (GKF) and its donor’s contribution to Deep Tube-well irrigation-based rural agricultural community development in Northern Bangladesh
Kazi Abdur Rouf, York Center for Asian Research (YCAR), International Visiting Scholar, Indiana University Bloomington
The paper is exploring the relationship among the key stakeholders’ roles Grameen Krishi Foundation, and its funding donor United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the roles of Government of Bangladesh and their impact to Northern Deep Tube-well (DTW) irrigation farmers crop production and community development in Bangladesh in 1991-1998.