CLUSTER A: INTENSIFICATION AND EFFICIENCY OF RESOURCE USE IN PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

I-A02: Effects of agricultural water and nutrient management on farmers’ livelihoods

Project summary

Starting out with an inventory of the predominant production systems in and around Bangalore this project subsequently aims at identifying technology gaps for more resource use efficient management practices based on a process-oriented understanding of the dynamics of plant yield formation, and product quality as affected by nutrient availability, irrigation and agronomic practices (management). Also addressed will be recycling of liquid and solid organic wastes and social and economic drivers of transitions in agricultural systems along the rural-urban interface.

In later phases of this work, we will use the generated data to develop scenarios for (i) dryland cropping systems with reduced risk, (ii) enhanced soil productivity by crop- and site-specific, output-oriented nutrient management, (iii) higher returns to farmers and availability of quality produce to consumers, and (iv) more effective policies to foster smallholder livelihood strategies.