What are we doing?

The overall aim of the project is to improve the livelihood of woman, marginal and tenant farmers in the Eastern Gangetic Plains, through improved water use and increased dry season agricultural production.

An assessment is being made of available ground and surface water resources, potential demand for irrigation water, and water available for irrigation in selected districts. Qualitative and quantitative research is also being undertaken to identify livelihoods, land tenure, water management institutions, gender relations and different farmer groupings and their impact on water management in Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Social and technological interventions for improving agriculture through conjunctive use of pond and groundwater resources will be evaluated in the selected sites of Nepal and India using a participatory action research approach.  The project will also focus on capacity building and scaled up engagement to broader villages and communities to deliver training and demonstration of successes.

Specific objectives are to: