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Promoting socially inclusive and sustainable agricultural intensification in West Bengal and Bangladesh

Researchers from India, Bangladesh and Australia are working with NGOs and the private sector to understand the factors and risks influencing change, apply new evaluation tools and provide policy options to promote more socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable agricultural intensification in West Bengal and Bangladesh.

The project will deliver the following outcomes:

  • Pilot public-private partnerships supporting socially excluded groups, including landless or marginal smallholders, women-headed households, and tribal minorities, through value chain and insurance approaches
  • Implementation of guidelines and design principles for agricultural intensification programs that are more socially inclusive, equitable and sustain the natural resource base by government policy partners
  • Uptake of processes to enhance social inclusion in associated ACIAR projects and other research projects
  • Enhancement and dissemination of existing best practices in achieving social inclusion and mobilisation of community resources

The research sites are located in two broad agro-ecological settings; the eastern Indo Gangetic Plains around Cooch Behar in West Bengal, north eastern India and the coastal zones around Khulna and Patuakhali in southern Bangladesh.

Funding agency

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)

Project duration

June 2016 - 2020


Australian National University
Bangladesh Agricultural University
Centre for Development of Human Initiatives (CDHI)
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management Institute (LNRMI)


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