Bangladesh is largely floodplain, with much of the land being inundated by flood water during the monsoon. This dynamic between land and water means that agriculture and fisheries are intimately associated livelihood activities for floodplain dwellers. Nonetheless, interventions on the floodplains have tended to concentrate on only parts of the 'floodplain system', often those operated by wealthier sectors of the community. This article argues that a 'soft systems' approach in agricultural and fisheries research and extension can elucidate the full range of user perspectives on floodplain resources, and develop more acceptable system improvements.
Barr, J.J.F. The systems approach to research and extension on Bangladesh floodplains. Rural Extension Bulletin (1998) 12: 44-47.