Enhancing Food and Nutritional Security and Improving Livelihoods through Intensification of Rice-Fallow Systems for Pulse Crops in South Asia (Bangladesh, India and Nepal)

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The project improves the house-hold nutritional security in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, establishing and integrated pulse production system in rice fallows.

Period of Implementations

May 23, 2016 - Dec 31, 2020

Total Budget

USD 2,500,000

Key Documents

Financial Report
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Financial Report
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Technical Report – Progress
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Donor Agreement

OUR IMPACT

Goals

The Project's goal is to establish a sustainable integrated pulse production system in rice fallows to enhance pulse production and farm income directly of nearly 15,000 farmers in India, Nepal and Bangladesh resulting in food and nutritional security of more than 75,000 members of farm families.

Objectives

The Project's objective is the development and testing of cropping systems and agro-technologies for improved production and productivity of lentil, grasspea and chickpea as second crop in rice-fallows for improved food and nutrition security, farm income and soil health. The project will increase of 25-30% the pulses production in each target country from fallow lands and an increase of 20% the farmers’ income in target regions.

Impact Pathway

The project will use the integrated systems approach to ensure better understanding to trade-offs and their solutions, and thus ensure sustainability of the project interventions and their impacts on livelihoods. Involvement and building the capacity of NARS partners and rural communities will also support the continuity of the project activities. ICARDA will use Geo-informatics applications crop suitability methods to map, soil type and fertility, soil moisture retention after rice harvest and other bio-physical parameters; determined the typology of farmers in project areas through Participatory Rural Appraisals and quantitative socio-economic characterization of farming conditions. Local state agricultural extension department and local governmental experience will be tapped. The project implementation will adopt Innovation Platforms (IPs) approach and three IPs will be established in Bangladesh (Rajshahi, Satkhira, Khulna); 2 in Nepal (Banke, Badia) and 4 in four states of India (Raipur, Birbhum, Sagar, Jajpur) to validate and disseminate improved lentil, chickpea and grasspea varieties and production technologies. The key objectives are to strengthen capacity by promoting interaction between farmers and other stakeholders; supply of seeds and inputs; and capacity development of farmers. This will provide a hub for farmers, policy makers, financial institutions, input providers, agricultural managers, researchers, extension scientists, and media representatives. Different market-based institutional arrangements that can sustain the flow of information and inputs to farming communities will be tested. A farmer-participatory, integrated farming system to ensure relevance of the technologies as well as better understanding of trade-offs and their solutions for sustainability of the project interventions and their impacts on livelihoods. Cluster demonstration (8-10 ha) of existing technologies will be conducted in each village. Farmers will be selected in consultation with local extension agents. Farmers’ groups will be formed to conduct village-based informal seed production. Farmer-to-farmer technology dissemination and seed supply will be encouraged and monitored in each crop season. Capacity development of farmers and women will be organized at government level in respective demonstration sites. On-station and on-farm testing of genetic materials: genetic materials from respective countries and from ICARDA will be initially tested and selected at ICARDA’s Food Legume Platform site, India, and then will be further tested at respective agro-ecologies. Gene introgression research will be performed at ICARDA’s India-Platform site in consultation with Indian expertise, and ICARDA scientists. The project will contribute to other development projects on pulses in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, and thus will strengthen out-scaling in a broader scale.

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Title: Rice Fallow Systems for Pulse Crops Bangladesh India Nepal - AWPB Year I

Author: The International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas ICARDA

Date: 2016-06-14

Title: Rice Fallow Systems for Pulse Crops Bangladesh India Nepal - Year 2 AWPB Sept. 2017 - Aug. 2018

Author: The International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas ICARDA

Date: 2017-07-11

Title: Rice Fallow Systems for Pulse Crops Bangladesh India Nepal - Progress Report Year 1 May 2016 - Aug. 2017

Author: The International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas ICARDA

Date: 2017-10-11

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