Location:Eastern Gangetic Plains – India, Nepal & Bangladesh
Impact:1.4 million by 2022
Crop:Rice, Maize & Wheat
Donors:Australian Centre for International Research


In the Eastern Gangetic Plains (Bangladesh, Nepal and India), the fertile lands are home to over 300 million people who are highly dependent on agriculture for their food security and livelihood. Agricultural productivity here is low, diversification is limited and there is significant potential to boost smallholder production. Markets in the region are poorly developed for both agricultural inputs and offtake, and agricultural knowledge and service networks are limited.


The Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) Sustainable and resilient farming Systems Intensification in the Eastern Gangetic Plains (SRSFI) project aims to enable at least 130,000 farmers to adopt technologies to improve their crop yields within five years and a complementary out-scaling component (2017) to boost agricultural production and reduce rural poverty targeting 1.5 million farmers within the next ten years (2022).

Business for Development is working with Innovative Change Collaboration (ICCo), and ACIAR to introduce and scale out more effective and sustainable production practices for smallholder farmers that has potential to significantly and directly impact rural poverty in the region.

The DeHaat model is being piloted to demonstrate that this system approach meets farmer requirements, overcomes market challenges and has the potential to achieve scaled impact. It aims to maximise productivity and yield for smallholder farmers using technology and developing a network of last mile agricultural service providers. The model has been developed to provide access to end-to-end services for small and marginal farmers and aims to be a one-stop destination for all their agricultural needs – crop selection, seed and other agricultural inputs, crop advisory, information & market linkages.


The aim of the project is to reduce poverty in the region by improving productivity, profitability and sustainability of smallholder farmers while safeguarding environment. After this pilot phase the project aims to scale-up to impact 1.5 million farmers by 2022.