Assessment of Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation for Sustainable Rice Production

Climate change impacts are likely to influence the monsoon season and hence lead to changes in spatial or temporal distribution of rainfall, impacting rice production and food security in Bangladesh. Therefore, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (Bioforsk), the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and CEGIS have undertaken this study to jointly develop strategies and tools for coping with weather variability during and between crop seasons. The study covers some of the drought prone upazilas in the north-west region and the saline prone upazilas in the south-west region of Bangladesh. The project is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Dhaka. Among other things, it will assess the impacts of climate change on water resources and rice yields in the selected rice growing sub-divisions, generate water requirement scenario using DRAS under different climate conditions, and develop crop production scenarios using crop modeling software such as DSSAT, DRAS and AQUACROP.