Category: Communities

Comparing earthen channels with plastic piping for efficient and cost-effective irrigation

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 […]

3rd annual dsi4mtf meeting

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 engagement

  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) […]

Dipika’s Journey from Project to PhD in Australia

DSI4MTF project’s former project coordinator from Nepal, Dipika Das received John Allwright fellowship 2016, Australia awards. Every year, the award is given to few potential candidates contributing to ACIAR projects globally. The fellowship let her pursue PhD at University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Being part of the project has given her opportunity to grab […]

Crop planning for Rabi (Winter) season in West Bengal

The crop planning is an important activity of DSI4MTF project to get optimum level of market price. The series of farmers training as well as exposure to government departments helped the Dhaloguri (DH) and Uttar Chakowakheti ( UC ) farmers to think and cultivate differently. For successful Rabi cultivation in this season, planning meeting with […]

Cultivating diversity: Scientists help nurture the roots

Dhananjay Ray, Rupak Sarkar, Ranjit Chatterjee and Subrata Majumdar CDHI and UBKV have been leading a dynamic process of engagement with the communities of Uttar Chakwakheti (UC) West Bengal. The attached article demonstrates the importance of the engagement process, and how technological improvements are now building confidence in marginal and small farmer collectives. The process […]

Flood Situation in Bihar

Overview of Bihar Flood This year, 18 out of the 38 districts of Bihar are heavily devastated by flood. Approximately 12.6 million people in 1,965 panchayats of 171 blocks in the state are impacted. Total loss of human life due to the flood reached 253 (Times of India report, dated 21/08/17). Crop and livestock loss […]

Mid-Point Update from Saptari

An update from the field in Saptari at the midpoint of the project shows that there have been significant changes to the way farmers in the intervention villages are cropping in the dry season. These changes are increasing production and allowing farmers to make more profit from each field.  The blend of social and technical […]

Landline program online

The Australian TV program Landline recently paid a visit to Nepal to do a feature on the research for development programs that ACIAR are undertaking in the region. The program covered: New forestry aid projects, with local partners developing better forest management practices to help villagers improve their livelihoods and food security Conservation farming projects […]

Reflections from Farmers’ Collective Meeting, Madhubani, February 2017

Authors M Raut, A Reckers, R Bastakoti The idea Too often, development work can feel light years away from project beneficiaries. Even well-intentioned field visits, no matter the amount of sunburn and bug bites we bring back to the office, can end up as an affirmation tour of researchers’ pre-existing beliefs. We, a team of […]

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