Agrarian change in Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains and the role of groundwater

A comparative analysis of Bangladesh and West Bengal

Wednesday 12 May | 10:00 am-12:00 pm (IST)

West Bengal in India and neighbouring Bangladesh share international land borders, transboundary waters with similar agro ecology, language and culture, but they have different policies and institutions. These similarities and differences have led to many studies comparing agrarian change and transition in the two places in the context of climate change and beyond. The higher rate of agricultural growth in West Bengal compared to Bangladesh till the end of the 1980s has been attributed to land reforms undertaken in West Bengal. However, these comparative studies rarely go beyond the mid-1990s. Since then, Bangladesh’s agricultural growth rate has surged ahead, while that of West Bengal has stagnated.

Building on recent work, this webinar will aim to compare and contrast the trends in agricultural growth and groundwater irrigation in West Bengal and Bangladesh since the 1990s and identify the role of policies and institutions that supported these transitions.

The webinar will be a 2-hour online event open to the general public and will involve experts from Bangladesh, West Bengal, and outside the region for a comprehensive understanding.

Once registered, participants will receive the link to join the online webinar.

  1. Introduction by Dr. Robyn Johnston, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
  2. Presentation by Dr. Aditi Mukherji, International Water Management Institute (IWMI): Agrarian change and role of groundwater: A comparative analysis of Bangladesh and West Bengal.
  3. Panel Discussion with:
    • Mr. Arnaud Cauchois, Asian Development Bank (ADB),
    • Professor Koichi Fujita, Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University,
    • Dr. Anindita Sarkar, University of Delhi,
    • Professor M.A. Sattar Mandal, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU),
    • Dr. Tushaar Shah, International Water Management Institute (IWMI),
  4. Audience questions and answers,
  5. Concluding remarks by Dr. Aditi Mukherji, International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

The session will be moderated by Dr. Marie-Charlotte Buisson, International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

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Date(s) and Time(s): 12/05/2021 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Online Only