PhD Seminar - Enhancing Innovation to Adapt Rice Cultivation to Flash Flooding in Bangladesh

Agriculture is highly vulnerable to the various effects of climate change, and it's crucial to support innovation in the sector.

Extension and advisory services (EAS) can play a critical role in enhancing innovation, however, knowledge on the role of EAS can play is rare. This is particularly the case in developing countries like Bangladesh, where the staple food is impacted by climate change induced flash flooding.

This seminar will explore research which investigate the role of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), the most significant public EAS of Bangladesh, in enhancing innovation to help rice farming adapt to flash flooding. The research employs a number of theoretical lenses, including innovation networks, social learning, and capacity development.

About the speaker

Md Kamruzzaman is a PhD student at the Fenner School of Environment and Society and Institute for Water Futures at the Australian National University, Australia. His PhD project investigates the means of enhancing innovation to help adapt rice farming to flash flooding in Bangladesh. Mr. Kamruzzaman is also affiliated as an academic staff member of the Agricultural Extension Education Department, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh. He is passionate in advancing knowledge and practices to help transform food, environment, and agricultural systems by adapting to climate change, particularly water-related stressors and overcoming constraints and barriers to change in the farming sector.