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How a disaster was the best thing that could happen to these farmers

Devastating floods forced farmers in northern Bangladesh to try out new crops. They hit on maize and the rest is history

Mosabber Hossain

The people of Shaniazan union, in northern Bangladesh, still remember when a river burst its banks in the early 1990s and engulfed their homes, leaving the land too sandy to grow traditional rice and tobacco crops.

Back then, they desperately struggled to feed their families.

Today, the collection of villages in Lalmonirhat district has a bustling marketplace, well-built homes with TVs and solar panels, and thriving fields of a crop that pulled the community out of poverty: maize...

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