Category: All Project Updates

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 […]

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 […]

Jharna Karjee: The iconic woman farmer from North Bengal makes it to Delhi

Married at 14 and widowed at 16, life for Jharna Karjee (31), has been a roller coaster. After the death of her husband and with an infant to look after, she felt her world crashing with nowhere to go and nobody to depend upon. She had to return to her parents and started being involved […]

John Allwright Fellowship Executive Leadership Program (JAFel)

Dipika Das recently took part in a ‘John Allwright Fellowship Executive Leadership Program (JAFel)’. The program is designed for John Allwright fellows in Australia and was delivered by the University of New England in Armidale (New South Wales) on behalf of ACIAR. The program improves project leadership, project management, entrepreneurship, gender equality and crisis management. The program’s ‘Gender and […]

SIANI highlights DSI4MTF’s gender fieldwork

The Swedish International Agriculture Network Initiative (SIANI) has written a blog about the recent field work conducted by Stephanie Leder, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and Dipika Das, University of Southern Queensland (USQ), in Koiladi and Khoksar Parbaha, Eastern Terai, Nepal. The blogpost explores the impacts on male out-migration on the women and agricultural communities in […]

Have you had your daal bhat yet? Food and migration in the Eastern Gangetic Plains

by Claire Swingle Today is International Migrants Day. Food and migration are often thought of together, mostly in the ways that migrants bring culinary traditions and flavors with them to new places, and the hodgepodge of delicious restaurants in areas with high immigrant populations. But food, especially food insecurity, is also a key reason why […]

Gender field work on “Dry-Season Irrigation for Marginal, Tenant and Women Farmers”

After the annual project meeting in Kolkata, Stephanie Leder, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Dipika Das, University of Southern Queensland (USQ), conducted field work in Koiladi and Khoksar Parbaha, Eastern Terai, Nepal. Stephanie conducted Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with each of the five farmer groups as well as individual interviews and observations, applying a feminist […]


Useful meetings were held on 16 November 2018 between Mohammed Mainuddin, Michael Scobie and Erik Schmidt and members of the SIAGI team in Brisbane. DSI4MTF and SIAGI (“Promoting socially inclusive and sustainable agricultural intensification in West Bengal and Bangladesh”) have been working closely in West Bengal, where CDHI have a role in both projects. The […]

DSI4MTF Annual Meeting – Kolkata

The annual meeting of DSI4MTF “Dry Season Agriculture for Marginal and Tenant Farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains” was held in Kolkata from 1st to 5th October 2018. The venue was ICAR’s National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology. Delegates were welcomed by NIRJAFT acting director Dr Alok Nath Roy. There were […]

Six women with endless ideas and unbound aspirations: UBTMS-CDHI inspires entrepreneurial innovations

On August 31st, months of hard work culminated at the Women Entrepreneur Innovation Awards Programme’s award ceremony, co-organised by the Centre for the Development of Human Initiatives (CDHI) and Uttar Bango Terai Mahila Samitee (UBTMS). The 500+ seats were completely full and there was standing room only for later arrivals. Two women from the DSI4MTF sites […]

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