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Improving policies and institutions for sustainable intensification of agriculture and resilient food systems in eastern Indo-Gangetic plains

This project aims to build a platform to improve decisions made about food, energy and water in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
Many farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP) of Bangladesh, India and Nepal are poor despite the potential to increase food production and farm profitability. This region has fertile soils, abundant groundwater, and sufficient rainfall. Lack of finance to use improved technologies and farm machineries, and poorly developed agro-processing and supply chains, hinder poverty reduction. Conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification (CASI) has shown great potential at small scale, but is difficult to scale up over the region. Socio-economic and institutional constraints stop farmers from diversifying crops and may contribute to market and production-related vulnerabilities.
This project will identify the policy and institutional drivers operating across the region. It will collaborate with decision makers in the public and private sectors to improve agriculture and food systems in the Eastern Gangetic Plains, and to help farmers in the three countries adopt CASI.
Full consideration of the linkages across food, energy and water in the Eastern Gangetic Plains, the institutional and decision-making context, and barriers to adopting appropriate CASI innovations and practices will improve policies and make investments more productive.