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Australian Funded Agriculture Initiative in India, Nepal & Bangladesh
Jul 08, 2014

Two Indian states—Bihar and West Bengal—will benefit from an Australian Government funded research initiative to help small farmers improve agriculture productivity. The new 5-year Australian dollar 7.3 million (40.5 crore rupees) regional research initiative in Nepal, Bangladesh and India will tap the agricultural potential of the area, and help 7,000 farmers to become more productive, profitable and sustainable through adopting new technology. 

The programme will operate in two districts in both Bihar and West Bengal, as well as two districts each in Bangladesh and Nepal. It was launched in Kathmandu on July 3. This initiative will help to raise agricultural productivity in a region which has the potential to become one of Asia's great food bowls. The Eastern Gangetic Plains is dominated by small farms with many female farmers who have little access to credit, quality seeds, fertilisers, irrigation, or formal extension services. They also have to contend with climate-related risks and extreme events such as floods, drought and cold snaps.

This programme will allow farmers to test a range of innovations to help them boost food production, including conservation agriculture and efficient use of water resources, while strengthening their ability to adapt and link to markets and support services.

The aim of the programme is to enable at least 130,000 farmers to adopt these technologies within the next ten years. The research programme involves a large number of complementary research and development partners including national and state research institutions and extension services across the three countries and in Australia, and international non-government organisations and research centres.

The initiative is led by the International Wheat and Maize Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) and implemented in collaboration with research and development partners. Scientists and development practitioners from Australia, Bangladesh, India and Nepal are meeting for the inception of the programme, funded with Australian development assistance and managed by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

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