To fill critical knowledge gaps through analytical studies on priority topics that require further investigation to support overall project objectives.
Identifying priority areas for analysis
Undertaking analysis of primary and secondary data
Undertaking critical modeling work
Major areas of research:
Models for access to mechanisation
The role of women in agriculture
The political economy of the food trade in South Asia
Water availability, including local level management and regional implications of farm scale water savings
Exploring the energy-water-food nexus in West Bengal
ACIAR management team (RPM WaC, PM, PC)
CIMMYT and existing SRFSI partners
University of Adelaide
The Asia Foundation
International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
Critical topics have been identified from SDIP Phase 1 work, and from components 2, 3 and 4. A series of individual projects have been commissioned to address these critical topics.
Value chain and policy interventions to accelerate adoption of zero tillage in rice-wheat farming systems across the Indo-Gangetic Plains
Adelaide University’s project examined how the adoption of ZT seed drills (including the Happy Seeder) can be accelerated to help reduce the prevalence of stubble burning and boost sustainable food production and water security in NW India and the EGP.
Political economy analysis of cross border agricultural trade in Bangladesh, India and Nepal
This project from The Asia Foundation aimed to frame the political economy of rice trade by casting light on key variables that should be considered both in the policy formulation process and interventions by external actors.
Understanding women's role in agriculture in the EGP: The macro and micro connections
This SaciWATERs project aims to understand the role of women in agriculture in the EGP, and to make connections between macro and micro data sources to explain variations.
Pilot project on commercialisation of smallholders' CA-based planters in Bangladesh
This project from Murdoch University aims to advance the CA-based mechanization program for smallholders in Bangladesh.
Aquifer characterisation, artificial recharge and reuse of suddenly available water in south Bihar
This Nalanda University project will assess recharge capacity, benefits derived, and key social factors that help adoption of the Bhungroo® technology by the small-holder farmers in South Bihar.
The regional hydrological impact of farm-scale water saving measures in the EGP
This CSIRO project aims to provide options for sustainable groundwater management for irrigated crop production in the EGP.
Unravelling the water-energy-food nexus in West Bengal
This IWMI project aims to understand the impacts on the agriculture and groundwater sectors as a result of electricity reforms that have increased access to groundwater irrigation in West Bengal.