|Agricultural Development Possibilities in Bangladesh
ISBN 984 05 1357 5 1997 378p 240x175mm HB Tk.550.00 US$27.00
This book includes selected papers on crop suitability and agricultural development based on the author’s extensive experience with soils and agricultural development in Bangladesh. Written between 1974 and 1989, the papers range from popular journal articles to formal reports to Government. The successive chapters, updated by footnotes, provide a realistic appraisal of the opportunities for increasing agricultural production in Bangladesh’s diverse environments.
Part I, written specially for this book, provides background information on Bangladesh’s physical characteristics to assist readers in understanding the rationale for crop selection, soil management and development possibilities in different parts of the country. Part II, comprises a set of eight popular articles which, by focusing on specific disaster-prone and difficult environments, provide a comprehensive review of regional aspects of development.
Part III, comprises edited versions of five reports and discussion papers which describe the potential for production of HYV rice, wheat and other cereals, and review experience with wheat cultivation. Part IV, contains three papers which focus on crop suitability and crop diversification. An additional final chapter provides a synthesis of the principles of agricultural development and crop suitability assessment which underlie the previous chapters.
Hugh Brammer was born in Britain and took his M.A. degree in Geography at Cambridge University in 195 1. He worked on reconnaissance soil surveys in the Gold Coast (later Ghana) 1951-6 1, then joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to organize the reconnaissance soil survey of East Pakistan. Evacuated from, Dhaka in 1971, he was seconded to the World Bank in Washington to assist in preparing the nine-volume Bangladesh Land and Water I Sector Study Report (1972), including the :report’s land use and hydrological maps. After serving as Senior Soil Scientist in Zambia 1972-73, Mr. Brammer returned to Bangladesh from 1974 until 1986, working mainly with the Ministry of Agriculture as an agricultural adviser and latterly as manager of the agroecological zones project. He was awarded the Bangladesh President’s Gold Medal for Agriculture in 1979, FAO’s B.R. Sen Award in 1981, and the O.B.E by the British Government in 1987. Since his retirement from FAO in 1987, Mr. Brammer has been a frequent visitor to Bangladesh as a consultant, inter alia, for the Flood Policy Study (1989), the Flood Action Plan (1989-94) and a Greenhouse Effects Study (1992-93).