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The Ganges coastal zone is characterized by extremes in terms of both challenges and opportunities. Despite the huge investment in the coastal zone over the past 50 years the poverty of farming families in the region remains extreme. However, with existing advances in crop and aquaculture technologies and available water resources, there is tremendous opportunity to improve food security and livelihoods in the coastal zone.  From October 21st to 23rd, the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) held a conference on “Revitalizing the Ganges Coastal Zone” in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The conference brought together researchers, extensionists, developers and policy makers to share plans, progress and ideas for unlocking the potential of the coastal zone.

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This was the final event for CPWF’s research projects in the Ganges. For the past three years, five inter-linked projects have worked to reduce poverty and improve the socio-ecological resilience of the Ganges coastal zone through improved water governance and management, and intensified and diversified agricultural and aquacultural production. CPWF projects in the Ganges have made significant progress in:

  • Characterizing the current status of water resources in the coastal zone;
  • Developing technologies that can greatly increase the productivity and resilience of agricultural and aquacultural cropping systems;
  • Identifying opportunities for improving water management and governance to enable implementation of the improved technologies; and
  • Developing a comprehensive GIS database and extrapolation domains for identifying which technologies are suited to which parts of the coastal zone.

The conference was not only an opportunity to present the results of this research, but also to frame the work within the larger research, development and policy arenas that influence decision-making in the coastal zone. Conference participants included policymakers, relevant ministry officials, local research institutes, development practitioners and other CGIAR Centers and Research Programs. The conference also served as the official launch event for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems’ Ganges Focal Region, which will build in part on CPWF’s work.

The Revitalizing the Ganges Coastal Zone conference is organized with support from the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems, the CGIAR Research Program on Rice’s Global Rice Science Partnership and the CGIAR Research Program on Aquatic Agricultural Systems.

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