|Agroecological Aspects of Agricultural Research in Bangladesh
ISBN 984 05 1506 3 2000 396pp 240x175mm HB Tk.750.00 US$33.00
Based on the author’s more than twenty years’ experience of soils and agricultural development in Bangladesh, this fourth volume of his collected work brings together selected papers, updated by footnotes, describing the relationships between environmental factors and Bangladesh’s unique agricultural systems. The book is aimed particularly at university and college teachers through whom the author hopes to pass on his accumulated experience to the next generation of agricultural research scientists.
Part I provides background information on Bangladesh’s physical environment and includes a chapter describing research needs in the country’s drought-pone environments. Part II comprises chapters describing how farmers in different parts of Bangladesh have adapted, and are still adapting, their cropping practices to the micro-environments of their small and fragmented holdings. Part III deals with various issues in soil management which need research attention. Part IV describes environmental factors needing to be considered in siting and monitoring agricultural trials and demonstrations, and the methods used on three field studies.
In Part V, the author reviews his experience of agricultural research and development in the country, emphasizing the need for research scientists and extension officials to become more deeply aware of the environmental factors influencing cropping systems, farmers’ practices and agricultural development possibilities in Bangladesh.
Hugh Brammer was born in Britain in 1925 and took his M.A. degree in Geography at Cambridge University in 1951. From 1951 to 1961, he worked on reconnaissance soil surveys in Ghana, then joined FAO to organize the reconnaissance soil survey of the former East Pakistan. Evacuated from Dhaka in 1971, he was seconded to the World Bank in Washington to assist in preparing the nine-volume Land and Water Sector Study report (1972), including the report’s land use and hydrological maps.
After serving as Senior Soil Scientist in Zambia in 1972-73, Mr. Brammer returned to Bangladesh from 1974 until 1986, working mainly with the Ministry of Agriculture as land use (later agricultural development) adviser, and latterly as project manager of an agroecological zones study. 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. Following his retirement from FAO in 1987, Mr. Brammer was 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), and he has continued to publish papers and give talks on Bangladesh’s agroecology, agriculture and natural disasters.