chapter  Three
28 Pages

New Agricultural Technology and Sustainable Food Production: Bangladesh’s Achievements, Predicament and Prospects

ByMohammad Alauddin, Clem Tisdell

Domestic food production has increased tremendously in Bangladesh as a result of its adoption of new agricultural technologies associated with the 'Green Revolution'. G. K. Douglass pays particular attention to alternative meanings of agricultural sustainability. He claims that there are three different concepts in current use: sustainability as food self-sufficiency; sustainability as stewardship; and sustainability as community. Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and is often regarded as the test case for development. The economy of Bangladesh is dominated by its agricultural sector. Most of the growth in Bangladesh's food production in the last three decades has been achieved by the adoption of new technology associated in part with the introduction of high yielding crop varieties. Biochemical technologies have played a dominant part in this growth. G. R. Conway believes that on the whole modern agricultural technologies provide less sustainability for production than traditional methods.