Fund for Innovation in Agriculture (i4Ag)

OBJECTIVES

Innovative approaches for sustainable rice-potato-cultivation systems are established at smallholder level.

DESCRIPTION

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

TARGETED BENEFICIARIES

Smallholder farmers (women and men), women self-help groups, national research institutions and extension services

HIGHLIGHT ACTIVITIES

  • Conducting gender-sensitive trainings on PZTM based on participatory and digital tools
  • Conducting field trials / establishing demonstration plots (smallholders farmers’ fields / mechanized potato production)
  • Qualification of women self-help groups to act as multipliers of PZTM
  • Analysis of agronomic, climate-relevant, and gender disaggregated socio-economic effects of PZTM
  • Distilling of gender-sensitive recommendations for the use of PZTM and disseminated in social media and events
  • Revising training material and adaptation to regional context
  • Organizing workshops and events with representatives of advisory services and political institutions
COUNTRY

India , Bangladesh

DURATION

Oct 2021 - Dec 2024

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