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Is Bangladesh a ‘women-unfriendly’ country?

While it is claimed in development literature that Bangladesh has progressed a lot in gender equality, patriarchal systems should be overhauled where women are either cheap labour or serve patriarchal institutions Let me refer to a few incidents for which questioning whether Bangladesh is  (Read This Article)


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Nayakrishi Andolon: A Short Introducton

CULTIVATING ‘ANANDA’: JOY OF FARMING AND HEALTHY LIVING Nayakrishi Andolon (New Agriculture Movement) is the farmer-led movement in Bangladesh for Shohoj way to Ananda. It started as an organic farming mov  (Read This Article)


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Covid-19 Bangladesh

Oxygen crisis and the fault in our healthcare system

A lack of oxygen support systems in Bangladesh’s public healthcare system are a serious detriment in the battle against Covid-19 The government did not use the time they had over one year to enhance the facilities at (Read This Article)



In the tobacco epidemic, the ‘virus’ is the tobacco industry

Children fill up empty cigarettes manually in a small cigarette factory in Rangpur. Photo: Reuters The tobacco industry continues its efforts to undermine public health efforts of the government so that they can get more and more users of the products. This must be stopped. The nint  (Read This Article)



Farmers feed people

THE report on the State of Food and Agriculture: Innovation in Family Farming (2014) by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation estimates that 500 million small family farms, owning less than a hectare of land, are the source of more than 80 per cent of the world’s food supply. In Banglad (Read This Article)


Enviornment & Ecology

Aman rice and seed sovereignty

THIS year, aman rice suffered severe loss due to a series of floods and untimely rain. At the household level, the farmers will have shortage of rice for consumption and selling, while at the national level people will inevitably face crisis of food since aman paddy cultivation provides 35 per ce  (Read This Article)


Biodiversity , Knowledge and Culture

Rice Diversity and Food Festival

As seeds play a pivotal role in maintaining biodiversity in our ecology, Nayakrishi farmers’ movement has been emphasizing its role in preserving diversity of seeds through the Community Seed Wealth Centers. Farmers use diverse variety of seeds, particularly of rice, in the daily lives as w (Read This Article)


GMOs & Genetic Engineerings

Goleden Rice in Philippines: Hurried approval raises questions

The controversial genetically modified Golden rice, has surfaced again with the Philippines Rice Research Institute rushing through the commercial clearance despite popular opposition to GR not only in the Philippines but also in Bangladesh, Indonesia and India. In the Philippines, the Bureau of  (Read This Article)


Women's Issues

Women’s perspectives on 50 years of agriculture

BANGLADESH is celebrating the 50 years of its victory on December 16, 2021. Bangladesh emerged as an independent sovereign state and is supposed to exercise her political independence to articulate and demonstrate the meaning of her liberation in a global context through economic, social, cultura (Read This Article)


Food Sovereignty

Produce more onions and avoid onion imports?

It seems, to stabilise the price of onions in the retail market, we have to pray to God for the stable weather condition in India. But it is not only natural disasters, but also trade restrictions of the Indian government as well Onion is not only a matter of commerce, it is about agricult  (Read This Article)


Btbrinjal & Corporate Politics

Bt brinjal: Alliance for Crooked Science & Corporate Lies

IntroductionBrinjals, locally called Begun (in Bangla) by the people of Bangladesh, are the most common and favourite vegetable. On 17 May, (Read This Article)


Climate Change

Untimely flood and the resilience of Nayakrishi farmers

This is a report on the untumely  flood  of this year (2121) in the Nayakrishi Area of Delduar, Tangail. It shows that providing flood tolerant and flood resilient rice varieties through Nayakrishi Seed Network could be an effective strategy to cope with untime  (Read This Article)


New Reproductive Technologies

Commercialisation of women's infertility

Nobel Prize for IVF or dehumanizing technology? Robert G. Edwards is awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for physiology/ medicine for the development of human in vitro fertiliz (Read This Article)



Cultivation of aman rice: second attempt to maintain seed

Most of the fields of aman rice were submerged due to flood in Delduar upazila, Tangail district. Not only the local variety but also High Yielding Varieties (HYV) including BR 11, BINA 7 and BRRI dhan 49 were also damaged. Even then the farmers did not lag behind. The farmers had again transplan  (Read This Article)


Trafficking & Migration

Trafficking & Threat of US Sanctions

Trafficking & Free Movement of Labour: Bangladesh on Tier 2 Watch list! Bangladesh is placed on Tier 2 Watch List, according to the 9th Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) 2009 published by the Department of State of the (Read This Article)


Health & Health Policy

COVID 19 Pandemic and Denial of Healthcare

In a country where health care facilities are already inadequate, how can the government and private hospitals are shutting down their medical services? A largely unnoticed, undeclared and sinister shut down of outdoor, indoor and emergency services raises serious questions about the right to hea  (Read This Article)


Maternal & Child Health

Maternal and child health care: Daighors & strategic services

Context of maternal health Reduction of maternal mortality rate is one of the most important health goals of the government of Bangladesh. The present rate of maternal mortality is 194 per 100,000 live births showing that Bangladesh cou (Read This Article)


Chatka, Bamboo Binding

Construction of Bamboo Binding -Resisting River Erosion

Location: Bantiar, Sonatoni, Shahjadpur, Sirajganj Project: Nayakrishi farmers effort to combat disaster (river erosion, flood, drought and water logging) in the context of climate change and natural calamities. The work for cons  (Read This Article)


River & Floods

Seed & Crop Damages of Flood 2017 in Delduar

Flooding, first started in the northern bioregions of Bangladesh and gradually affected the middle sections, submerged more than a third of the low-lying country during July to September, 2017; it took away at least 132 lives and affected more than 7.5 million people. Crops on more than 10,000 he (Read This Article)


Nayakrishi Andolon

Bangladesh: Community Seed Wealth Centers and stress-tolerant crop varieties

Brief history and functions of community seedbanks In the late 1980’s, small-scale farmers practicing monoculture and chemical-based agriculture experienced loss of biodiversity and environmental degradation. The costs of producti  (Read This Article)


Mangrove and Coastal Region

Protection of Mangrove forest

Badarkhali Union of Chokoria Upazila, Cox,sbazar district is located in between the Matamohuri river and the Maheskhali channel. This union is prone to cyclone and tidal surge. Heavy damage to life and property had happened due to the cyclone in 1991. Badarkhali Union is a part of the recently er (Read This Article)