Regional cooperation to support Conservation Agriculture based Sustainable Intensification

A regional workshop was convened in Kathmandu last week to explore the interest and commitment from regional partners to form a regional cooperation platform to support the scale out of Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification (CASI) for the Indo Gangetic Plains. The workshop marked the conclusion of a study under ACIAR SDIP by the University of Adelaide on the requirements and obstacles for the adoption of machinery for limited- or no-tillage farming operations in the Indo-Gangetic Plains, in the context of addressing pollution caused by stubble burning. Results of the study will be published in due course.

Participants from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and China met in Kathmandu on the 22nd – 23rd July 2018 to review results demonstrating CASI’s role in ensuring sustainable intensification and reducing stubble burning. The participants agreed that scaling out of CASI methods would be of benefit to the region and would be accelerated by regional cooperation, allowing effective sharing of data and results, knowledge, machinery design and standards, and lessons learned from early adopters.

The meeting resulted in an agreement of representatives from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan to establish the South Asia Regional Cooperation Platform on CASI, chaired by Dr Baidya Nath Mahto from Nepal. In addition to facilitating information exchange between members, the Platform will communicate to key stakeholders and the general public the benefits of CASI, and the requirements for accelerating its adoption. The Platform will be supported by the National Agricultural Research Systems of the four member countries, with the SRFSI project providing the initial facilitation of the Platform establishment, as an activity under the SRFSI scaling variation.

For more information, please contact:

Dr B N Mahto
Executive Director, Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC) or

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NewsEric Huttner