Technical report

Implications of conservation agriculture–based sustainable intensification technologies for scaling and policy

Date released
17 May 2020
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Peter R Brown, Toni Darbas, Avinash Kishore, Maria Fay Rola-Rubzen, Roy Murray-Prior, Md Mazharul Anwar, Md Shakhawat Hossain, Md Nur-E-Alam Siddquie, Rashadul Islam, Mamunur Rashid, Ram Datt, Ujjwal Kumar, Kausik Pradhan, KK Das, Tapamay Dhar, PM Bhattacharya, AK Chowdhury, A Ghosh, Bibek Sapkota, Dinesh Babu Thapa Magar, Surya Adhikari, Dipendra Pokharel, Fraser Sugden, Panchali Saikia, Sanjiv de Silva, Niki Maskey, Sofina Maharjan, Mahesh Gathala and TP Tiwari


Conservation agriculture-based sustainable intensification aims to increase the productivity of farming systems through the adoption of new technologies, such as improved crop varieties and mechanised crop management practices. The Sustainable and Resilient Farming System Intensification (SRFSI) project focuses on raising the productivity of rice–wheat farming system of the alluvial Eastern Gangetic Plains, applying the principles of conservation agriculture–based sustainable intensification.

The SRFSI project has been highly collaborative, involving more than 20 institutions across Nepal, Bangladesh, Bihar and West Bengal, along with several Australian and international research agencies. The project is funded through ACIAR and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio.

This ACIAR Technical Report summarises and synthesises a range of socioeconomic findings from phase 1 of the SRFSI project (2012–17). These findings consider the implications of conservation agriculture–based sustainable intensification technologies for scaling and policy.