Sustainable and resilient farming systems intensification in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (SRFSI)

Project code
AUD 9,699,770
Research program manager
Dr Eric Huttner
Project leader
Dr Brendan Brown, CIMMYT
Commissioned organisation
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
MAY 2014
JUN 2021
Project status
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This project aimed to reduce poverty in the Eastern Gangetic Plains by making smallholder agriculture more productive, profitable and sustainable, while safeguarding the environment, and encouraging women to participate. 

In a collaborative venture with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) with more than 20 partners representing the research, development and educational sectors, the project aimed to answer two key questions:

  • Can farm management practices based on conservation agriculture system intensification practices increase smallholder crop productivity and resilience? 
  • Can institutional innovations that strengthen smallholders’ capacity to adapt and link women and men farmers speed up change processes? 

This project is part of the DFAT/ACIAR-funded Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) program. 

Project outcomes

  • Understanding farmers’ circumstances in terms of the cropping systems they use, the natural and economic resources they have access to, how they make a living, and their capacity to bear risk and introduce new technologies.
  • Working with farmers, developed more productive and sustainable technologies that are resilient and profitable, and supported widespread adoption of sustainable, resilient and more profitable farming systems. 
  • Introduced, supported, and evaluated institutional and policy changes to establish an environment that supports farmers as they introduce new technologies.
Key partners
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council
Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute
Bihar Agricultural University
CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
Curtin University of Technology
Department of Agricultural Extension
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
International Food Policy Research Institute
International Rice Research Institute
International Water Management Institute
Nepal Agricultural Research Council
Nepal Department of Agriculture
Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service
University of New England
University of Queensland
Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya
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Fact sheet CSE/2011/077