Category: All Project Updates

Farmer groups receive new shallow tube wells from Ground Water Resources Development Board (GWRDB)

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 […]

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 […]

Agricultural innovations for water security in North West Bangladesh from institutional, gender, food and livelihood security perspectives

Sanjiv de Silva and Stephanie Leder Research has been conducted in Bangladesh as part of our project to assess technological adaptation to seasonal water stress and climatic Change. Bangladesh is seen as a potential source of learning in view of ongoing experiences of technology adoption in Bangladesh to adapt to these challenges. This report highlights […]

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 […]

BPH threat in paddy: early diagnosis is the key

 During monsoon season, paddy is grown almost in all the cultivated lands of  Dhaloguri and Uttar Chakoakheti, two selected villages under  ACIAR-LWR project operates in West Bengal. In this year the  crop stand is excellent due to continuous receipt of  rainfall over last couple of months. In most of the fields  the paddy is in heading […]

Biophysical Data Collection with Janaki

Meet Janaki, our project field assistant in Saptari in Nepal. Janaki has been working hard in the DSI4MTF project to collect a range of biophysical data. Each week she collects rainfall and evaporation data to help us understand the changing crop water and irrigation requirements. She is also responsible for collecting data on the depth […]

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 […]

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