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American Journal of Rural Development. 2017, 5(1), 5-18
DOI: 10.12691/ajrd-5-1-2
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The Dynamics of Agricultural Land Management System in Bangladesh: The Challenges for Sustainable Development

Saif Uddin Ahammad1, 2,

1Master of International Trade and Commerce Law, Macquarie University

2Deputy Secretary, The Government of Bangladesh

Pub. Date: January 22, 2017

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Saif Uddin Ahammad. The Dynamics of Agricultural Land Management System in Bangladesh: The Challenges for Sustainable Development. American Journal of Rural Development. 2017; 5(1):5-18. doi: 10.12691/ajrd-5-1-2


Bangladesh is a densely populated country of 142.3 millions people where 964 person live per sq. km. It is located in the north-eastern part of South Asia. Although it is predominantly an agriculture dependent country, it has the lowest land man ratio in the world and it accounts fro 0.06 hactres per person. Every year around 18-20 lacs people are born to soar the existing overpopulation. In addition, 47.3% of the total labour forces of the the country are employed in agriculture and it provides 21% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. To meet the multiple demands of the ever increasing population the scarce agricultureal lands of this country are being misused for non-agricultural purposes. Besides, excessive use of chemical fertilizers, insecticides and intensive cultivation of lands without necessary conservation practices gradually deteriorates the productive capacity of the agricultural lands. If the present trend of Agricultural land management system (ALMS) continues it may hamper the sustainable development of the country. This article examines the dynamics of ALMS in Bangladesh and investigates to indentify the key problems and challenges for promoting sustainable development in ALMS. Lastly, based on overall observations of the research, this article suggests several policy and administrative guidelines to promote sustainable development in agricultural land management in Bangladesh.

agricultural land management sustainable development food security misuse of agricultural land land quality

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