LTRA-11: CAPS among tribal societies in India and Nepal


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Phase 4




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Other Partners:
Agragamee, Orissa University of Agricultural Technology, Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science of Tribhuvan University

Principal Investigator(s):
Catherine Chan-Halbrendt

Co-Principal Investigator(s):
Travis Idol, Chittaranjan Ray


Traditional agriculture in tribal and ethnic societies in India and Nepal is increasingly relegated to less productive land, often on steep slopes. This project works with farmers, NGOs and university partners to introduce, develop, and disseminate CAPS to increase agricultural productivity, economic returns, and gender equity among tribal societies practicing low-input subsistence agriculture in India and Nepal. This includes minimum soil disturbance, continuous organic soil cover, and appropriate crop rotation that work in concert to improve agricultural productivity while maintaining or enhancing natural resource quality. As a part of this work, we focus on productivity, soil quality, economic impacts, implications for gender participation, and the role of technology networks in adopting and adapting selected CAPS interventions.


1. Determine the set of CAPS for sustained productivity, labor, soil impact, gender equity and profitability. 2. Explore stakeholder preferences for CAPS to promote adoption 3. Implement preferred CAPS on-farm for validation, impact on farm household welfare leading to policy recommendation 4. Use a participatory action research (PAR) approach to promote reflection, evaluation, and continuous improvement of implemented CAPS. 5. Build capacity of farmers, local NGOs and universities to scale up CAPS development for wider dissemination.


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