Food Security in the Ganges Delta

Nautilus staff recently completed fieldwork in Bangladesh to evaluate the effectiveness of a food security and climate resilience program in the Meghna River portion of the Ganges Delta.

The Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta is the world’s largest, covering 41,000 sq.miles. Some 40% of the delta is in India and 60% in Bangladesh, where the Meghna River enters the Bay of Bengal.

The delta of the Ganges is one of the most fertile and productive regions on the planet and sustains a diverse mix of agricultural and fisheries systems. The rivers, islands and marine systems of the delta also support a rich array of biodiversity, from tigers to sailfish.

Home to more than 100 million people, the Ganges Delta region has long been vulnerable to extreme weather and flooding events. Today the delta is at even greater risk, as climate change effects increase riverbank/farmland erosion and floods inundate settlements ever more frequently.

Nautilus’ work in the delta will help to guide future food security and climate adaptation planning.