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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The International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage hosted their 8th Asian Regional Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal from May 2-4. The conference theme was “Irrigation in Support of an Evergreen Revolution” and attracted approximately 600 national and international delegates. The DSI4MTF project was well represented as the project team delivered three papers. Erik Schmidt from USQ presented […]

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 […]

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