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Adaption Strategies of Displaced People in Water Logging Area

An Anthropological Study on VOBODAHO

STUDENT NAME : Md. Ahsan Habib

ROLL NO:57

DEPARTMENT:Department of Anthropology

SUBMITTED TO :Hasan Al Shafie

Associate Professor

Dept. of Anthropology

University of Dhaka

DATE OF SUBMISSION : 8th March 2012

CONTENTS

1. ABSTRACT 2

2. introduction 3

3. PROBLEMATIZATION: BACKGROUND OF THE STUDy 4

3.1 LITERACY REVIEW 4

4. CONCEPTUAL /theoretical FRAMWORK 7

5. statement OF THE problem12

6. RESEARCH OBJECTIVES13

7. rationale OF THE STUDY12

8. research design and methodology13

8.1 ASSUMTIONS ABOUT METHODOLOGY15

8.2.1 primary data15

8.2.2 SECONDARY DATA17

8.3 SELECTION OF STUDY AREA17

8.4 THE SAMPLE POPULATION17

8.5 Data PROCESSING AND Analysis17

8.6 SCOPE AND LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY17

9. TIME PLAN18

11. references19

ABSTRACT

Water logging has been disrupting livelihoods of about one million people in Bangladesh during past two decades. Human interruptions upon nature and climate change are responsible for the water logging problem in South-West Bangladesh. The worst hydro-geophysical vulnerability has been found in Keshabpur Thana of Jessore District where most of the land is waterlogged for over nine years. The researchers will try to identify water logged affected people’s coping strategies under such adverse condition as well as their tendency to different types of migration. Necessary data will be collected through questionnaire survey, Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and. The researcher will survey about 20 households of the study area. In this study the researcher will try to find out the answer of the following questions: What are the local people’s coping strategies in waterlogged condition? Is migration rate in the study area increasing or decreasing? What kind of migration they usually do and what are the effects of it on their livelihood. The target groups of this research will be poor farmers of VOBODAHO in Jessore district.

Key word: climate change, adaptations strategies, waterlogging, migration, Participatory Vulnerability Assessment (PVA), indigenous copping strategies. INTRODUCTION

Bangladesh is known as one of the most vulnerable countries across the globe under climate change. The water resources sector of the country would most likely be affected significantly due to anticipated changes. In this study the researcher will try to find out the adaptation strategies of farmers of waterlogged area of VOBODHO. People on the banks of the Kopotakho River in southwest Bangladesh are learning to live with and adapt to climate change. Unaware of modern methods, they are using local knowledge to develop new farming methods and alternate income sources. Although illiterate Bangladeshi villagers don't know the climate change lingo, many have shown an awareness of the situation, using local knowledge to innovate and adapt to the natural changes. But sometimes they are forced to displace another place due to failure of other adaptation strategies.

Especially the marginal farmers are the main victim of the problem of waterlogging. Due to water logging, it creates worst effect on nature and social life of this affected area. At this...
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