Water management and livelihood choices in southwestern Bangladesh

Bernier, Quinn, Sultana, Parvin, Bell, Andrew Reid and Ringler, Claudia (2016) Water management and livelihood choices in southwestern Bangladesh. Journal of Rural Studies, 45 . pp. 134-145. ISSN 0743-0167 [Article] (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.12.017)

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Coastal Bangladesh faces an increasing number of challenges including cyclones, tidal surges, floods, drought, saline water intrusion, waterlogging and land subsidence, which pose substantial threats to the livelihoods of the coastal inhabitants. In addition to these threats, profound social and land-use changes are complicating the livelihoods of resource users in the region, including the introduction of aquaculture and increasing competition for ground and surface water sources. The government of Bangladesh has targeted this region for investment with irrigation expansion. This paper uses a sustainable livelihood lens to understand the role of investments in water management and irrigation in driving and shaping livelihood changes and transitions over the past ten years and offers recommendations for investments. We find that while water infrastructure development has greatly enhanced the role of agriculture in coastal livelihoods over the last 10 years, further development of irrigation infrastructure should only be prioritized after issues of water governance and inequity across agricultural and aquacultural livelihoods are addressed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Available online 25 March 2016
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Flood Hazard Research Centre
Item ID: 20079
Depositing User: Parvin Sultana
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 14:28
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 10:37
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/20079

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