Mulching of potato with rice straw. Copyright: Jürgen Kroschel (GIZ)
Planting of potato after rice harvest without tillage in Assam, India. Thereafter, potato seed will be covered with rice straw. Copyright: Ali Shahid (International Potato Center)
Development of potato tubers under the rice straw. Copyright: Jürgen Kroschel
Innovative approaches for sustainable rice-potato-cultivation systems are established at smallholder level.
This applied research project promotes the use of an innovative potato production in rice-potato systems (“potato production through zero-tillage and rice straw mulching (PZTM”) through participatory and gender-sensitive trainings in India and Bangladesh. Agronomic, climate-relevant and gender-disaggregated socioeconomic impacts will be evaluated against a rigorous sampling design based on field trials and household surveys. Gender-sensitive recommendations for the promotion of PZTM will be made available to relevant national and regional stakeholders in policy, research, and advisory in order to build ground for further up-scaling.
APPROACH/FIELD OF INTERVENTION
Smallholder farmers are qualified in PZTM
Evidence-based recommendation are available and disseminated
The advisory capacities for the scaling of PZTM are strengthened
Smallholder farmers (women and men), women self-help groups, national research institutions and extension services
Conducting gender-sensitive trainings on PZTM based on participatory and digital tools