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Value chain and policy interventions to accelerate adoption of zero tillage in rice-wheat farming systems across the Indo-Gangetic Plains

 

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) through the Sustainable Development Innovation Portfolio (SDIP) commissioned the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) to investigate and provide recommendations as to how the adoption of zero-till (ZT) technology (particularly the Happy Seeder (HS)) can accelerate in an effort to provide a viable option for farmers across the Indo-Gangetic Plains. An important objective examined how best to cease the practice of burning crop stubble residues and in turn reduce human health impacts through reduced air pollution.

Key outcomes from this study include the development of a policy brief that provides recommendations for creating enabling environments that support the accelerated adoption of conservation agriculture sustainable intensification (CASI) technologies. The policy brief identifies innovative implementation pathways and enhanced value chains, and a series of specific actionable recommendations are provided that need to be adopted as a matter of urgent action by Governments.