How to Help Small Farmers in Bangladesh.
  Author/Editor: Hugh Brammer
Publisher: The University Press Limited
Year of Publish: 2002
Binding: Hardcover
Produce Code: 9001193
ISBN: 984-05-1618-3
Price: BDT 1500.00, USD 75.00

About the book

In the sixth volume of his collected works on agriculture in Bangladesh, the author brings together selected papers, updated by footnotes, which describe the country's agricultural environment, crops, cropping systems and a wide range of practical methods to help small farmers to increase soil fertility, crop yields and annual agricultural production. This book is aimed particularly at government and NGO agricultural extension workers, agricultural teachers and students, and visiting foreign consultants. It provides practical training models and material, and makes available information in reports and papers which previously had a limited circulation. Part I comprises three chapters which describe the diversity and complexity of Bangladesh's physical and farming environments and the implications for organizing agricultural extension activities. The three chapters in Part II show how to use soil survey information, particularly for selecting sites for trial and demonstration plots in farmers fields. Part III includes four chapters which describe methods to increase extension efficiency by identifying specific ways to help small farmers, making use of farmers own experience, preparing work calendars and identifying progressive areas. The six chapters in Part IV describe crops and cropping systems for Bangladesh's diverse environments and simple ways to increase crop yields, while Part V comprises nine chapters describing Bangladesh's soil characteristics and various ways to increase and sustain soil fertility through better use of organic manure, fertilizers and soil management practices. The four chapters in Part VI cover a wide range of topics relating to agricultural production, culminating in a final chapter which describes seventeen simple, practical ways to help small farmers to increase their yields, production and incomes.

Hugh Brammer took his M.A. degree in Geography at Cambridge University in 1951 and worked on reconnaissance soil surveys in Ghana 1951-6 1. He then joined FAO to organize the reconnaissance soil survey of East Pakistan. Evacuated from Dhaka in 1971, he was seconded to the World Bank in Washington to assist in preparing the nine volume Land and Water Sector Study report (1972), including the reports land use and hydrological maps. After serving as Senior Soil Scientist in Zambia in 1972-73, Mr. Brammer returned to Bangladesh in 1974, working mainly with the Ministry of Agriculture as land use (later agricultural development) adviser, and as project manager of an agroecological zones study until 1986. He was awarded the Bangladesh President's Gold Medal for Agriculture in 1979, FAO's B.R. Sen Award in 1981, and the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the British Government in 1987. He retired from FAO in 1987 but was a frequent visitor to Bangladesh until 1995 as a consultant, inter alia for the Flood Policy Study (1989), the Hood Action Plan (1989-95) and a Greenhouse Effects Study (1992-93).