• CSISA Major Impacts
  • Satellite imagery
  • wheat blast
  • RK Malik Award 1
  • CIMMYT50
  • Read about CSISA’s most significant achievements in India between 2012-2015.
  • New geo-informatics tool to forecast crop yields and identify regions where conditions support adoption of specific technologies.
  • Wheat blast disease, a deadly and baffling fungal foe has reached Bangladesh.
  • Dr. R.K. Malik Wins Derek Tribe Award for Improving the Livelihoods of Farmers in India
  • CIMMYT celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Established in 2009, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) aims to sustainably increase the productivity of cereal-based cropping systems, thus improving food security and farmers’ livelihoods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, focusing on the region’s most important grain baskets.

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News & Stories

  • Video Project in Bangladesh Wins Award for Effective Farmer Communication

    A collaborative video project aimed at raising farmers’ awareness of small-scale agricultural machinery, water, time, and labor saving crop management practices in South Asia has won the bronze prize in the Event and Visual Communication Association (EVCOM) 2016 Award for Communication Effectiveness at an event in London on April 28. The EVCOM Screen ...

  • Seeder Sales Rise Sharply in Bangladesh

    Owing to the timely support that CSISA-Mechanization and Irrigation (CSISA-MI) provided to dealers, power tiller operated seeder (PTOS) sales in Bangladesh have sharply increased. Between October and December 2015, 245 service providers bought the PTOS, more than the last two years’ sales combined. These newly purchased seeders alone accounted for ...

  • Precision Broadcasters: Innovations in Fertilizer Application

    Purna Bahadur Sahi, 42, lives and farms in Neulapur, Bardiya district. Sahi used to practice conventional techniques in his fields, which generally did not involve chemical fertilizers. One day, he visited CSISA’s wheat plots in Sirkoiya during a farmers’ field day.  During the visit, he came to know that soil ...

  • Transforming Fallows: Line Sowing Facilitates Cropping Diversification in Odisha

    Rice is the major crop for most farmers in Odisha during the kharif (monsoon) season. However, due to a lack of adequate irrigation facilities, nearly 84 percent of the arable farmland (4.7 million hectares) remains fallow in the ensuing rabi (winter) season. According to Vivek Kumar, Specialist (Agriculture Research and Development), IRRI, ...

  • The Delivery of Change

    Dariabad, a small village in eastern Uttar Pradesh, is an example of changing rural India. Farmers in this village are fast replacing their old farming practices with modern technologies to overcome growing water and labor constraints. In just two years, the area under zero tillage in this village has expanded from ...

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