$8 Million USD Research Program Seeks to Maximize Coastal Land, Water Use

14 Jun 2011 by Local Press Report

An alliance of international organizations has launched a six-year, $8 million USD research program aimed at maximizing use of water and land in Bangladesh’s coastal region by developing salt-tolerant crop varieties, introducing brackish water fish species and managing saline water. The Ganges Basin Development Challenge Research for Development Program partners the Washington-based Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the WorldFish Center, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the International Water Management Institute and local organizations. A million hectares of land on the southern coast are fallow due to salinity and natural disasters, according to agricultural experts...

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