Bangladesh

Nahreen I. Khan, Kawser Ahmed: Wetland Sanctuary Co-management and Conflict: An Exploratory Study of the Impacts of the Baikka Beel Project in Bangladesh, pp. 223-248

In 2003, the Government of Bangladesh declared Baikka Beel, a 100-hectare wetland in the north-eastern part of the country, as a permanent wetland sanctuary conservation project intended to preserve its fish breeding and bio-diversity. Within the framework of the Borogangina Resource Management Organisation, a co-managed project was launched with the support of the USAID. Through a community husbandry initiative several NGOs and one multi-national company also took part in the project.

Harald Sterly, Daniel Gerads: Call Me in the Dorm. Mobile Communication and the Shifting Topographies of Intimate Relationships in Bangladesh, pp. 273-296

In Bangladesh, as in many other national and cultural settings, intimate relations and intimacy between married and especially non-married couples are restricted by strong socio-cultural norms. These restrictions vary across different places, and thus distinct topographies of intimacy can be discerned. Mobile communication is currently chal­leng­ing such topographies by enabling interaction and “virtual intimacy” across physical barriers and over spatial distances, or by helping to conceal relationships and interactions. This study examines these spatial shifts with three examples.

Katharina Molitor, Boris Braun: How Do Smallholders Cope with Food Price Changes? Insights from a Qualitative Case Study in North-Western Bangladesh, pp. 227-243

Small-scale producers of agricultural goods are becoming more and more involved in global commodity chains. Increasing and more volatile food prices are major chal­­lenges for smallholders who play a key role in achieving food security in many countries of the Global South but at the same time suffer from food insecurity them­selves. Paradoxically, small-scale producers cannot fully benefit from increasing food prices as the global food price crisis 2007/08 showed.

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