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Assessing the Impacts of Zero-tillage and other Resource-conserving Technologies (RCTs) on Farmer Livelihoods in the Irrigated Plains of South Asia

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This project focuses on strengthening and, if need be, refocus efforts aimed at the development and dissemination of resource conserving technologies in the Indo-Gangetic Plains by quantifying and assessing the consequences for water use, system productivity and livelihoods of the on-going “tillage revolution”, and identifying ways to address constraints to further adoption. This project will focus on Resource Conservation Technology (RCT) adoption and its consequences. This study is based in Karnal District, India and Sheikhupura, Pakistan.


International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

CIMMYT conducts research and training related to maize and wheat throughout the developing world. Drawing on strong science and effective partnerships, CIMMYT works to create, share, and use knowledge and technology to increase food security, improve the productivity and profitability of farming systems, and sustain natural resources.[more on CIMMYT]

Rice Wheat Consortium for the Indo-Gangetic Plains; ICAR; Haryana Agricultural University; On Farm Water Management Project ( Pakistan); National Agricultural Research Center (NARC - Pakistan)

Duration: 2003 to 2004


Erenstein, O.; Farooq, U.; Malik, R. K.; Sharif, M. 2007. Adoption and impacts of zero tillage as a resource conserving technology in the irrigated plains of South Asia. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institue. 55p. (Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture Research Report 19)