Improving water use for dry season agriculture
by marginal and tenant farmers

in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

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Improving water use for dry season agriculture
by marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

The Eastern Gangetic Plains, which include the Nepal Tarai, Bihar and West Bengal regions, is one of the most densely populated, poverty stricken belts in South Asia. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research is investing in research aiming to improve the livelihood of women, marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains, through improved water use and increased dry season agricultural production.

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What are we doing?

What are we doing?

The overall aim of the project is to improve the livelihood of woman, marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains...

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Where are we working?

Where are we working?

The project is working in the Eastern Gangetic Plains, which include the Nepal Tarai, Bilhar and West Bengall regions.

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Who is involved?

Who is involved?

The project is working with 12 partners across three countries.

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DSI4MTF farmer groups in the Saptari district of Nepal installed new shallow tube wells in their communities. Both farmer groups – Koiladi and Kanakpati – received the new shallow tube wells after filing a request for them with the District Agriculture Development Office (DADO) as per the notice published by the Ground Water Resource Development […]

In the Eastern Gangetic Plains, many farmers have made many positive changes to irrigation practices. For example, farmers have started using diesel pumps and have adopted better water application practices such as using furrows. But, water conveyance to fields is often still through the use of earthen channels. For large plots of land, farmers have […]

DSI4MTF partners convened in December for its 3rd annual meeting to discuss how to upscale and out-scale positive aspects of the project, how to better engage stakeholders, and how to find linkages between different project sites – located in Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bihar and West Bengal, India. The meeting served as a moment to reflect […]

  Community validates case studies: An essential step in ethical community engagement1 Mitali Ghosh2 Subrata Majumdar3 Dhanajay Ray4 Benukanta Dey5 The context DSI4MTF, in its fourth year, has achieved important milestones. It has introduced new irrigation technologies, new cropping systems and facilitated collective farmers groups to implement the interventions. DSI4MTF adopts ethical community engagement (ECE) […]

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