Friday, May 1, 2015

Bangladesh plans for 'alternate wetting and drying' outscaling

Workshop participants draw national strategy for AWD outscaling in Bangladesh

A national work plan to out-scale a water-saving technology called “alternate wetting and drying” (AWD) was developed at a workshop held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 20-21 April 2015.

Led by IRRI scientists Bj√∂rn Ole Sander and Michael Sheinkman, together with Professor Saidur Rahman of the Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), the workshop was organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). IRRI leads the initiative, with funding from the United Nations Environment Programme, under the auspices of the CGIAR Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS), of which IRRI is a member-Center.   

Several national public sector and international organizations shared their experiences and evaluations of AWD. AWD is a technology that will help farmers adapt to water scarcity, as well as reduce the carbon footprint of the country’s rice sector.

The CCAC Paddy Rice Component coordinates project activities in Vietnam and Bangladesh. Another CGIAR center, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) coordinates research activities in Colombia.  This component conducts AWD suitability assessments in target countries, as well as develop information kiosks with relevant and easily-understandable information on rice production and mitigation options.

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