CSISA-Bangladesh Video: Save More, Grow More, Earn More
The CIMMYT team in Bangladesh completed an inspiring, 20-minute video in August 2012 featuring the work of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia in Bangladesh (CSISA-BD).
Prices for irrigation, fertilizer, fuel and labor are rising. Fresh water supplies are decreasing, and many farmers find it increasingly difficult to plant their crop on time to assure good yields and return on their investments. “Save More, Grow More, Earn More” shows how farmers in South Asia are innovating to overcome these problems by using small-scale and appropriate machinery, and crop management practices that reduce tillage to save time, soil moisture, and money.
Inspiring case studies are presented from two distinct environments in Bangladesh. In the coastal region, soil salinity and insufficient irrigation are important constraints that keep farmers from growing a dry season crop. But by using simple machinery that reduces tillage to allow earlier planting, and keeping crop residues on the soil surface to conserve soil moisture and reduce salinity, a group of women in southern Bangladesh show how to forgo the fallow and grow a profitable maize crop. In central Bangladesh, where the cost of irrigation and farm labor is skyrocketing, farmers and local service providers team up to demonstrate the benefits of planting wheat, maize and legumes on raised beds to reduce labor and irrigation requirements. The crop management principles both groups of farmers use can be applied anywhere – it is possible to grow more, while saving time, water and money!
“Save More, Grow More, Earn More” was developed with the guidance of Dr. Timothy J. Krupnik, Cropping Systems Agronomist, and produced by Agro-Insight. It is being shown in villages across Bangladesh through traveling outdoor roadshows led by CIMMYT’s partner NGO Agricultural Advisory Services (AAS). Thousands of DVDs have been printed and the film will also be featured on national television in Bangladesh. “Save More, Grow More, Earn More” has also been re-released on a CISIS-BD training DVD entitled “Strengthening Cereal Systems in Bangladesh”, which features four additional films on rice seed health. The video was developed in partnership with the Regional Wheat Research Consortium of the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute. Funding for video development and field activities was supplied by the Feed the Future Initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Cornell University’s Food for Progress Project, funded by the Unites States Department of Agriculture.