Component 5

Analytical studies



To fill critical knowledge gaps through analytical studies on priority topics that require further investigation to support overall project objectives. 

Key Activities

  • 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) 

Key Partners

  • CIMMYT and existing SRFSI partners

  • University of Adelaide

  • Murdoch University

  • The Asia Foundation

  • SaciWATERs

  • Nalanda University


  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Delivery Mechanisms

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.

Commissioned Projects

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.

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