Improving food, energy and water management for sustainable food systems in South Asia


About the program

The ACIAR SDIP program aims to improve food, energy and water security for sustainable food systems in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Funded by the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this work is part of a wider regional portfolio in South Asia that focuses on integrated management of food, energy and water.

Using a long-term, gender-inclusive and highly collaborative approach, we aim to implement strategies which increase food security while reducing environmental impacts.

Our work will explore the drivers and constraints that affect development of sustainable food systems in the wider South Asia region - including the growing challenges of climate change, and the need to promote gender equality by empowering women and girls.


Latest stories


Sustainably supporting farmers in the Terai

Terai region of Nepal, our conservation agriculture project aims to develop more intensive, sustainable timely planting of the main cereal crops – rice, maize and wheat – increasing yield and allowing for a third crop such as mung beans.

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Latest news


Review and Planning for SRFSI

Project partners met in Kathmandu to identify key learnings from the project and plan for the final year.

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Bihar's agriculture: Three policy solutions for growth and diversification

Increasing procurement of rice and wheat, electrifying agriculture and improving market infrastructure are key strategies to promote growth of the agricultural sector in Bihar.

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Seeds of Change Conference: Gender in AR4D

Professor Sucharita Sen presented her work on the role of women in agriculture in the EGP at an international conference in Canberra.

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Communicating impact from ACIAR SDIP: Behind the scenes with Conor Ashleigh

Behind the communication curtain: process, participation and product.

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Upcoming events

25 February - 25 march

Visual Communications specialist Conor Ashleigh visiting all SDIP field sites

28 march

ACIAR-DFAT Partnership Health Check, Delhi, India

2 - 4 april

Seeds of Change Gender Conference, Canberra, Australia

4 - 8 april

Field visits to Cooch Behar, India and Sunsari, Nepal

8 - 10 may

SRFSI Annual Review and Planning meeting, Kathmandu, Nepal