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Water and Climate

The implications of sustainable intensification on weed dynamics in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

Project Code: WAC/2018/221
Research Program Manager: Dr. Robyn Johnston
Project Leader: Brendan Brown - International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
APR 2019
JUN 2020
Project Status: Legally Committed/Active


This project aims to improve understanding on the response of men and women farmers to changing weed dynamics due to Conservation Agriculture-based Sustainable Intensification (CASI) adoption in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (EGP) of South Asia.

Expected outcomes

  • Provide farmers’ perspectives on CASI for agricultural research and development professionals and decision makers working to improve livelihoods of farm families in the region through equitable and sustainable intensification of agriculture.
  • Collect quantitative and qualitative primary data on farmers’ practical knowledge and experience and the gendered implications for weed management under CASI implementation. Which will be applicable to evidence-based planning in the region, as well as serve as resource for other similar areas.
  • Produce a scientific publication on farmers’ knowledge, attitude, practices, and intra-household decision-making for CASI implementation, with focus on the changing weed dynamics, inputs demand, labour use and household resource mobilisation.
  • Release policy recommendations outlining the synthesis and implications of gendered decision-making on weed management, changing household resource mobilisation, and knowledge, attitude and practices for equitable and sustainable intensification.