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Environment and Agriculture in a Developing Economy

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Environment and Agriculture in a Developing Economy

Problems and Prospects for Bangladesh

9781840640434 Edward Elgar Publishing
Mohammad Alauddin, School of Economics, The University of Queensland, Australia and Mosharaff Hossain, former Professor of Economics, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
Publication Date: 2001 ISBN: 978 1 84064 043 4 Extent: 296 pp
The authors emphasise the importance of distributional aspects of environmental change and development in relation to employment and poverty and also focus on gender issues – often ignored in traditional theory.

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This book comprehensively examines the performance of Bangladeshi agriculture in light of the most recent thinking on economic development and the environment. It both analyses the experience during the last five decades and discusses the major issues and challenges with special emphasis on the prospects for sustainable agricultural development in the future.

The authors emphasise the importance of distributional aspects of environmental change and development in relation to employment and poverty and also focus on gender issues – often ignored in traditional theory.

Many of the issues that arise in Bangladesh in connection with the agricultural-development nexus are not unique to the country. Parallels exist elsewhere in the developing world and as such Bangladesh is useful as an example from which to draw conclusions about much of the developing world. Environment and Agriculture in a Developing Economy will therefore be of particular interest to developmental and environmental economists as well as international organisations and NGOs committed to environment and development issues.
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‘It is amazing how much information the authors have managed to compile. . . The book is excellent, easy to read, concise presentation of changes and development in agriculture in Bangladesh during the course of the last 50 years. Its limitation to presenting only essentials will help the reader understand what has happened – and what not – over the last 50 years in agriculture in Bangladesh. It is an outstanding book, especially valuable for those readers who have neither the time for, nor interest in details and a must for people who go to Bangladesh for the first time and therefore need a brief introduction. . . the book is an important contribution to the topic of agriculture in Bangladesh and its development.’
– Frithjof Kuhnen, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture

‘For readers new to Bangladesh it provides an excellent introduction and guide to the country’s natural resources, to trends in their use and to key issues arising. Early chapters provide a valuable and concise source of reference material, bringing together description, categorization and analysis of the complex characteristics of the county’s physical environment, its agricultural production potential and risks.’
– L.E.D. Smith, Land Degradation and Development
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Contents: Preface 1. Bangladesh’s Economy, Agriculture and the Environment: Perspective and Issues 2. The Physical Environment of Bangladesh Agriculture: Soil, Land and Physical Constraints 3. Growth and Change in the Crop Sector 4. Overall Food Supply and Self-sufficiency: Some Observations 5. Ancillary Sectors within Agriculture: Livestock 6. Ancillary Sectors within Agriculture: Fisheries 7. Ancillary Sectors within Agriculture: Forestry 8. Agrarian Relations and Property Rights 9. Agrarian Change, Sustainable Resource Use and the Rural Environment in Bangladesh 10. Agricultural Research and Extension 11. Agricultural Growth and Rural Poverty 12. Conclusions, Challenges and Prospects Bibliography Index
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