|How to Help Small Farmers in Bangladesh
ISBN 984 05 1618 3 2002 618pp 240x175mm HB Tk.1500.00 US$50.00
In the sixth volume of his collected works on agriculture in Bangladesh, the author brings together selected papers, updated by footnotes, which describe the country’s agricultural environment, crops, cropping systems and a wide range of practical methods to help small farmers to increase soil fertility, crop yields and annual agricultural production. This book is aimed particularly at government and NGO agricultural extension workers, agricultural teachers and students, and visiting foreign consultants. It provides practical training models and material, and makes available information in reports and papers which previously had a limited circulation.
Part I comprises three chapters which describe the diversity and complexity of Bangladesh’s physical and farming environments and the implications for organizing agricultural extension activities. The three chapters in Part II show how to use soil survey information, particularly for selecting sites for trial and demonstration plots in farmers’ fields. Part III includes four chapters which describe methods to increase extension efficiency by identifying specific ways to help small farmers, making use of farmers’ own experience, preparing work calendars and identifying progressive areas. The six chapters in Part IV describe crops and cropping systems for Bangladesh’s diverse environments and simple ways to increase crop yields, while Part V comprises nine chapters describing Bangladesh’s soil characteristics and various ways to increase and sustain soil fertility through better use of organic manure, fertilizers and soil management practices. The four chapters in Part VI cover a wide range of topics relating to agricultural production, culminating in a final chapter which describes seventeen simple, practical ways to help small farmers to increase their yields, production and incomes.
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, 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, Brammer was a frequent visitor to Bangladesh as a consultant, inter alia for the Flood Policy Study (1989), the Flood Action Plan (198994) and a Greenhouse Effects Study (1992-93) and he has continued to publish papers and give talks on Bangladesh’s agroecology and agriculture, and on natural disaster management.