Seeds Of Change 2019 conference in Canberra

Dipika Das recently presented at the Seeds Of Change 2019 conference in Canberra.

Seeds of Change 2019 was an excellent opportunity to learn from about 300 participants, 177 presentations from 45 different countries who are working in the field of Gender and Agriculture. Dipika presented on “Gendered challenges of bargaining in agricultural value chains in the Eastern Gangetic Plains”.

ACIAR featured a biography of some presenters and facilitators including Dipika in their webpage: ACIAR’s people at Seeds of Change.

It is also followed by an interview.

Gender researcher and John Allwright Fellowship Recipient, Dipika Das, speaks with Alex Sloan at the Seeds of Change Conference 2019:



DSI4MTF Sharing with Social Media

For me a highlight of our DSI4MTF activities has been sharing through social media, including web postings, Facebook, Twitter and especially WhatsApp. Over the last few weeks, a number of WhatsApp postings has interested me, including:

A TED talk posted by Santosh Mali which highlighted the importance of communication and personalising issues around climate change and its impacts on those less fortunate.

TED talk: Katharine Hayhoe – the most important thing you can do to fight climate change talk about it

A Journal article shared by Michael Scobie, which talks of the paradox of irrigation efficiency and how to identify real water savings, realised through improved irrigation performance.

We also celebrated World Water Day. I include a few pictures over last two weeks shared from our field sites (from top left moving clockwise).

  • Planning summer crops and linkage with ATMA – Agricultural Technology Management Agency to strengthen extension services in Madhubani
  • World Water Days celebration 22 March
  • Wheat crop at Bhagwatipur
  • Brinjal harvesting at Saptari
  • Discussing zero till cultivation of mustard in Uttar Chakoakheti
  • Good harvest and prices for Capsicum from protected housing in West Bengal

I look forward to our Review meetings in Kathmandu 11th to 13th April and field visits to Saptari to discuss with local farmers and stakeholders their experiences – Erik Schmidt.