South Asia

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Our South Asia region takes in five Indian Ocean rim countries. These countries are important strategic partners for Australia, which is also an Indian Ocean rim country. The regional strategy focuses on communities, production systems and resource management that identify appropriate reform policy, increase adoption of technology, improve productivity and livelihoods in marginalised communities and improve productivity of crop, livestock, forestry and fisheries systems.
44 projects, 5 countries, 4 locally-based staff, A$10.4 million, 16.1% of ACIAR project investment, 17 organisations commissioned to lead projects, >60 ACIAR fellowship alumni

Countries where we work

Bangladesh | India | Nepal | Pakistan | Sri Lanka

Region highlights

November 2019: A final consultation meeting took place in Dhaka to complete the final stage of the ACIAR–Bangladesh Research Collaboration Strategy 2019–2028. The strategy sets the priorities for ACIAR and Bangladesh research collaborations.

November 2019: The ‘Jal doot’ program (‘water messenger’ in Hindi) was launched by the Federal Water Minister of the Government of India, Mr Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, during the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Water Management in Pune, Maharashtra. The project will scale out research that engaged and trained local village volunteers to help monitor and understand local groundwater to help farmers make better cropping decisions.

February 2020: ACIAR CEO, Professor Andrew Campbell, visited Pakistan and signed a research project to deepen the understanding of rural transformation in China, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan.

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