Lessons from Bangladesh

Down to Earth - - LETTERS - ANU­PAM PAUL

It was a de­light to read "Seeds of hope" (May 1-15, 2014). The ar­ti­cle shows how out-of-the-box think­ing has helped farm­ers in north­ern Bangladesh over­come a yearly famine-like sit­u­a­tion. Mil­lions of In­dian farm­ers are af­fected ev­ery year by drought or ex­treme weather events. Fol­low­ing such dis­as­ters, de­pressed farm­ers end their lives. When read­ing the ar­ti­cle, I no­ticed that farm­ers every­where face largely the same is­sues: fail­ure of crops and debts. In­dian farm­ers should learn from their Bangladeshi coun­ter­parts and try to ad­dress the is­sues that re­sult in crop fail­ure , rather than end­ing their lives.

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