Livelihood Security in Changing Climate: Insight from the Farmer’s Field Laboratory


Climate induced natural hazards are emerging as a cause of major concern, particularly in the coastal and haor areas of Bangladesh. There is growing evidence that these hazards are appearing more frequently and are expected to be detrimental for agriculture. Given the threat to livelihood the Farmer Field Laboratory (FFL) approach implemented by Islamic Relief Bangladesh is an extensional approach, which provides opportunities to farmers of improving various skills through practicing various techniques by themselves. This paper describes the impact of the FFL to improve the livelihood security of the underprivileged farmers. The data was collected through the survey method on various aspects of the intervention, 157 randomly selected farmers were selected as the respondents of the survey. Focus Group Discussions with an Unstructured Interview was also undertaken to understand the production technology, profitability, diversification and crop cycle. SPSS 14 and ATLAS.ti were used to analyze data. Study findings showed that about 34 climate adaptive plant and vegetable varieties, trialed under the157 FFL plots,78% trialed crops were found to be very successful. Results also suggested considerable positive impact in terms of income, agricultural investment, nutrition and savings.