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The outcomes of ensuring women’s access to stress-tolerant variety (STV) seeds and seed preservation training: The cases of India and Bangladesh.


In June 2013, the IRRI Gender Research Team, in collaboration with local partners in India and Bangladesh, carried out  an experiment. The objectives  of the  experiment were (1)  to  assess the outcomes of providing women with access to stress tolerant (submergence, drought and salinity) seeds and  seed preservation training and (2) to  identify the constraints to women’s participation in  seed  distribution  and  training  programs.  The  districts  of  Titabar  and  Lakhimpur  in  Assam, Canning  Town  and  Chinsurah  in  West  Bengal,  and  Satkhira  in  Bangladesh  were  selected  to conduct the  study. This  study was implemented  by national agricultural  research and extension system (NARES) partners in Assam Agricultural University Rice Research Stations (AAU-RRS) in Titabar and Lakhimpur, Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI)-Canning Town, Rice Research Station  (RRS) in  Chinsurah, and  Bangladesh  Institute of Nuclear  Agriculture (BINA) in Mymensingh (Fig. 1). The experiment was extended to two districts of  Eastern Uttar Pradesh (EUP)  and  one  district  of Bihar  under  the  EC-IFAD  funded  project implemented  by Grameen Development Services (GDS).