Improving livelihood of marginal communities, by out scaling irrigation and agricultural practices, through collectives, in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

Eastern Gangetic Plains
Project code
AUD 250,000
Project leader
Erik Schmidt, University of Southern Queensland
Commissioned organisation
University of Southern Queensland
JUL 2019
JUN 2020
Project status
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This projects aims to improve the livelihoods of women and marginal farmers by out-scaling smart, efficient irrigation and agricultural practices through farmer collectives, in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

The combination of appropriate agricultural and irrigation practices, and innovative social interventions through farmer collectives, seen through previous ACIAR projects, have demonstrated opportunities to strengthen marginal and tenant farmer livelihoods in the Eastern Gangetic Plains.

While a promising model, with broad development implications for food security and poverty alleviation, further research is required to facilitate scaling, social inclusiveness and resilience of cooperatives to withstand future climatic, hydrological, social and economic stresses.

The projects key activities include gender research in one of the demonstration sites, strengthening marginal farmer groups and focusing on key research questions required to out-scale and ensure sustainability.

Expected project outcomes

  • Improving marginal farmers’ agricultural productivity and profitability using climate-smart irrigation and water management practices.
  • Evaluating and facilitating institutional structures, policy frameworks and value chains that support the long-term sustainability of farmer collectives at a village level.
Key partners
Birmingham University, United Kingdom
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
International Water Management Institute
Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, India
Centre for the Development of Human Initiatives, India
Sakhi Bihar, India
International Development Enterprises
Final report WAC/2018/163