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  • Women farmers, researchers, and local agencies fight to unlock the potential of maize in eastern India

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  • Find out more about CSISA’s core interventions in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
  • Watch a series of videos on how the scientific community is responding to the threat of wheat blast in Bangladesh.
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  • Read how women farmers, researchers, and local agencies fight to unlock the potential of maize in eastern India.
  • Geospatial technology can revolutionize agricultural interventions! Find out how CSISA uses GIS and remote sensing.
  • Free and open access to a centralized repository of research data produced by CSISA.

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) was established in 2009 with a goal of benefiting more than 8 million farmers by the end of 2020. The project is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and implemented jointly with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

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  • New systems analysis tools help boost the sustainable intensification of agriculture in Bangladesh

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (CIMMYT) – In South Asia, the population is growing and land area for agricultural expansion is extremely limited. Increasing the productivity of already farmed land is the best way to attain food security. In the northwestern Indo-Gangetic Plains, farmers use groundwater to irrigate their fields. This allows them to ...

  • Check out CSISA’s Data Repository

    Kathmandu, Nepal (CSISA) - In keeping with the open data policies of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) has launched the CSISA Data Repository to ensure public accessibility to key data sets, including crop cut ...

  • Sustaining Gains through India’s Agriculture Technology Application Research Institutes

    Delhi, India (CSISA) - In the past year, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), has trained scientists from 15 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) – agricultural extension centers - in Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh on improved methods of survey design and on the digital data collection tool, Open ...

  • Engagement with Prime Minister’s Agriculture Modernization Project in Nepal

    Nepal (CSISA) – In July 2017, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) and the Prime Minister’s Agriculture Modernization Project (PMAMP) jointly held a working group forum, aiming to unify and coordinate the efforts of 21 public and private stakeholders working on research, extension and private sector development for ...

  • Campaign for Healthy Rice Uses Video as a Medium to Extend Reach

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (CSISA) – The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), in collaboration with the Agricultural Advisory Society (AAS), is scaling out a campaign in Bangladesh to increase farmers’ knowledge and skills on quality rice seedling production. Reaching the vast number of individuals of rural Bangladesh’s huge farmer population presents ...

CIMMYT - The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center - is the global leader in publicly-funded maize and wheat research and related farming systems. Headquartered near Mexico City, CIMMYT works with hundreds of partners throughout the developing world to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat cropping systems, thus improving global food security and reducing poverty. CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR System and leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat, and the Excellence in Breeding Platform. The Center receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.

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