COMPENDIUM, IEEC-2023   ( ISBN : 978-81-967860-4-5 )
Theme-4: Advances in Social Management in Agriculture and Allied Sciences

Quantifying the value of adopting agricultural innovations to inform smallholder transition to sustainable farming: A South Bengal case study

Marta Monjardino1, Rupak Goswami2, Subhasis Mandal3, Krishnendu Ray2, Esmat Begum4, Afroza Chowdhury5, Mahanam Das6, Sanchayeeta Misra2, Sukamal Sarkar2

1. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Urrbrae SA 5064, Adelaide, Australia; 2. Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute (RMVERI), Kolkata 700103, West Bengal, India 3. ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), Canning Town 743329, West Bengal, India; 4&5. Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Gazipur 1701, Bangladesh; 6. Shushilan, Adabor, Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh


Evaluation of agricultural Research, Development, Extension and Management requires knowledge of farming systems economics and risk as well as broader adoption drivers. However, these factors are not often effectively combined when determining the success of agricultural research projects. To fill this gap, we developed Value-Ag, an integrated modelling framework that combines bioeconomic simulation, risk analysis, adoption theory, and impact assessment to inform smallholder transition to sustainable farming in the context of production risk and household dynamics. We use a case study of sustainable intensification in the salt-affected coastal zones of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India to illustrate Value-Ag’s potential to evaluate agricultural innovations in a rigorous, systematic, and participatory manner across a range of agroecological and socioeconomic contexts. The process aims to stimulate thinking and learning opportunities with the relevant stakeholders and increase the scrutiny of projects so that they deliver greater value for money while fostering a more results-focused culture.

IEEC-2023 at RARI (SKNAU, Jobner), Jaipur, Rajasthan organised by Society of Extension Education, Agra, India