Video: From Farm to Training in Bangladesh

The Adapting Agriculture to Climate Today, for Tomorrow (ACToday) Columbia World Project has been co-organizing yearly trainings in Dhaka to help farmers and other decision makers understand how to access climate information and how that access can help them develop mitigation strategies for climate impacts on agriculture. In 2019, ACToday and its partners organized a training that focused on how climate impacts can affect aquaculture.

Bangladesh is the fifth largest inland producer of fish, and it is an industry that employs an estimated 17.8 million people. Rainfall can affect the water levels in fisheries and influence salinity, so giving farmers access to tools that offer advance warning can help them implement management strategies that protect their fish and other crops.

This documentary follows a handful of farmers from the training back to their farms in Bagerhat, in southwestern Bangladesh. The 2019 training was organized with partners including WorldFish, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), as part of the Bangladesh Academy for Climate Services (BACS) and the Capacitating Farmers and Fishers to Manage Climate Risks in South Asia (CaFFSA) project.

Check out the full length version of the documentary here (runtime 15 minutes):

And for a summary version of the documentary (runtime 4 minutes), click play here: