Sustainable and Resilient Farming Systems Intensification in the Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plain (SRFSI)

What is the challenge?

The Eastern Gangetic Plains region has unlimited potential to become a major contributor to food security in South Asia. However, both rice and wheat productivity is low and crop diversification is limited. There are a whole host of other issues such as undeveloped markets, sparse knowledge and service networks, and underdeveloped water resources. There are also unsustainable cultivation practices taking place when it comes to production. The Sustainable and Resilient farming Systems Intensification in the Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plain (SRFSI), aims to improve the productivity, sustainability and profitability of small farmers in the region.

Key Aims

The project goals are to develop farm management practices based on efficient use of water resources and conservation agriculture, in order to improve smallholder productivity and resilience. The project will further develop institutional innovations that strengthen adaptive capacity and link farmers to markets and support services, so that they are able to innovate despite climate and economic change. It will also improve capacity for monitoring and evaluation amongst local partners.

Project Activities & Outputs

Surveys and informant interviews will be conducted initially, in order to understand farmer circumstances with respect to cropping systems, natural and economic resources base, livelihood strategies, and capacity to bear risk and undertake technological innovation. The focus of these surveys and interviews will be on studying the household of farmers, the service network around them, water resource and local coping strategies for climate change.

Using information from these surveys, and with farmers themselves, more productive and sustainable technologies that are resilient to climate risks and profitable for smallholders will be developed. Attempts to create an enabling policy and institutional environment for the adoption of high-impact technologies will be then undertaken. As a result, widespread adoption of sustainable, resilient and more profitable farming systems will be facilitated.

Basic Info

  • Region: Bihar & West Bengal in India, Northwestern Bangladesh and Eastern Terai in Nepal
  • Timespan: May 2014-June 2018