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Dec 15

Organic Life in Bangladesh. A Model for Permaculture and Sustainable Livelihoods

The fertile alluvial plain of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers of Bangladesh and Eastern India is densely populated and very rich with diversified flora and fauna having specific association and adaptation. The river systems provided great opportunities like fertile land, biodiversity, scenic beauty, ports, industries, tourists’ spots, coastal resources, mangroves, minerals and transportation. Evergreen and semi-deciduous forests, wetlands and estuaries of this tropic have wet and dry monsoons enriched with biodiversity and scope for wide range adaptation. The rural home-based multidisciplinary farming is traditionally maintained for thousands of years. Homes are specially designed as centers of all activities; having houses, cowshed, a pond, forest-grove and a garden, the basis of present “Permaculture” worldwide.

In Bangladesh, about 70% of 165 million people living in rural areas are dependent on agriculture. Villagers are simple, warmhearted but hardworking; lead nice and coordinated organic life.Multiple and multi-storied cropping culture is being maintained traditionally according to their habit, habitats and adaptation to maximize production and land-use. Vegetation covers the highest area of a home and is used for essential purposes e.g. building materials, windbreaks, hedges and fences, fruits and vegetables, drinks and spices, green manures, mastication, beverages, medicine and for beautification with an average 190 species in a single home. Short-cycle biomass recycling is practiced to maintain the soil health. WWOOF Bangladesh provides scope for the volunteers and host-farmers, can share knowledge and create bondage of organic minds.

Professor Mohammed Ataur Rahman, PhD, MSc & DIC
Coordinator, WWOOF Bangladesh