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Informing policies for removing barriers to scaling conservation agriculture based sustainable intensification in the eastern gangetic plains

This project aims to sustainably reduce poverty, especially of women, in the Eastern Gangetic Plains of Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
The Eastern Gangetic Plains could become a major contributor to South Asian regional food security, but they have the world's highest concentration of rural poverty and their inhabitants depend on agriculture for food security and livelihoods.
A regional project entitled 'Sustainable Resilient Farming Systems Initiative' (SRFSI) suggests that 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 inhibit farmers from diversifying crops and may make both markets and production vulnerable.
This project will identify the underlying policy and institutional drivers operating across the region. It will work with decision makers in the public and private sectors to unlock the potential of agriculture and food system in the Eastern Gangetic Plains and adopt and scale up CASI adoption across the three countries.