Salt is Bitter: Salinity and Livelihood in a Bangladesh Village

By Md. Ashiqur Rahman.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Bangladesh is a low-lying alluvial country with a population of some 150 million. Because of it's long (700km) coast line on the Bay of Bengal, Bagladesh is one of those countries which is likely to be a significant victim of climate change. Studies have shown that a large portion of coastal Bangladesh will be severely affected by the projected sea level rise associated with global warming. One major consequence of such a rise in sea level is salt water intrusion into the coastal regions. This is already occuring, with the result that thousands of traditional Bagladeshi farmers are now struggling to adapt as the increasing salinity impacts their drinking water, sanitation, and livelihoods.

This paper focuses on how these people, who are engaged in agriculture and traditional livlihoods, respond to this salt water intrusion. It's findings are based on field work and observation in the field of Ecological Anthropology
This paper seeks to contribute to the growing field in Anthropology known as ‘Anthropology of Climate change’.

Keywords: Bangladesh, Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, Ecological Anthropology, Salt Water Intrusion, Livelihood

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp.317-330. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 677.827KB).

Md. Ashiqur Rahman

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, Chittagong, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Md. Ashiqur Rahman is an assistant professor (presently on study leave) in the department of Anthropology at Chittagong University in Bangladesh. His anthropological research activities focus on broadly human dimension of environmental change and people’s response to that change. The results of his work have been published in a variety of peer reviewed journals and scholarly presentations have spanned Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. After completing his honors and masters in Anthropology from Dhaka University he did a second masters at The University of Lund in Sweden where he studied Development Studies and focused on anthropological perspective to development. He currently pursues PhD in The School of Anthropology at University of Arizona in USA.

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