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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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  • Innovative Partnerships to Expand Technology Adoption

    Partnering with Krishi Vigyan Kendras, CSISA aims to disseminate new knowledge and farming practices in India. The Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), which roughly translates into farm science centers, are a unique feature of the National Agriculture Research and Extension System in India. Spread across the country, these centers employ strong multi-disciplinary ...

  • Expanding High Value and Premium Quality Rice in Bangladesh

    Securing a high and stable income from farming despite rising cultivation costs is a common challenge for smallholder farmers. This is certainly true in Bangladesh’s Feed the Future (FtF) zone, where rapidly increasing labor wages and input costs are making rice cultivation less profitable and less attractive for farmers. Bangladesh rice ...

  • Healthy Rice Seedlings for Improved Livelihoods

    Low-cost interventions to promote healthy rice seedlings scaled-out in Bangladesh Rice nurseries are an important, but often underappreciated, component of a successful agronomic production cycle. How a rice crop is managed in its early stages influences performance and yield later. For example, it is very important to transplant healthy seedlings at ...

  • Towards Large-scale Adoption of Zero Tillage in Bihar

    As scaling of zero tillage hinges significantly on affordable access to custom-hire services, a new study finds out who are most likely to provide zero tillage services at scale. The Eastern Indian state of Bihar has the highest population growth rate in the country, an increasing per-capita wheat consumption and the ...

  • Pulse Cultivation Boosts Farm Income in Fallows of Nepal

    Low-risk mungbean expands through public-private partnerships. This year, farmers in Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur districts of Nepal have successfully cultivated mungbean, which they planted after the wheat harvest and which constitutes a new, third crop in the annual cropping calendar. Without mungbean, the land would be left fallow during this ...

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