The SIAGI project is promoting socially inclusive and sustainable agricultural intensification in West Bengal (India) and southern 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
SIAGI research sites are located in the eastern Indo Gangetic Plains around Cooch Behar and Bankura in West Bengal, north eastern India and the coastal zones around Khulna and Patuakhali in southern Bangladesh.
The SIAGI project commenced in June 2016 and will conclude in 2020.
SIAGI is funded by the Australian government through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)