CSISA in Bangladesh

The third phase of CSISA runs from 2015-2020, and is implemented by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) with the backing of a wide range of public and private sector partners in Bangladesh. The project builds on previous efforts convened by CSISA in Bangladesh (Phase I and II activities, the CSISA expansion project in Bangladesh (CSISA-BD), and the Rice Value Chain Project). In its third phase, CSISA provides a strategic overarching framework that guides and supports inter-related projects, while maintaining a focus on scaling-out innovative crop management practices and technologies to smallholder farmers.

CSISA locations in Banglades (click to enlarge)

CSISA locations in Bangladesh (click to enlarge)

In Bangladesh, CSISA Phase III focuses on three thematic work streams covering the following topics:

  1. Directly sown rice to address labor and energy constraints to precision rice establishment.
  2. Agronomic and variety recommendations to reduce the threat of wheat blast.
  3. Re-envisioning viable scaling pathways for precision nutrient management.
  4. Increasing the capacity of NARES to conduct participatory science and technology evaluations.
  5. Rice-fallows development in coastal Bangladesh.
  6. Deployment of better-bet agronomic messaging through private sector partners and dealer networks.
  7. Healthy rice seedlings for higher yields.
  8. High-value, premium quality rice in expansion Bangladesh.
  9. Commercial expansion of two-wheel tractor based machinery and associated service provision models for reapers and seeders.
  10. Managing risk by coping with climate extremes: Early wheat for combating heat stress.

The CSISA Mechanization and Irrigation Project (CSISA-MI)

CSISA-MI emerged out of CSISA’s ongoing efforts in the USAID/Bangladesh Mission-funded CSISA expansion project (2010-2015), and during CSISA Phase II. It continues to be strategically aligned with the broader CSISA Phase III program in Bangladesh, and is led by CIMMYT in partnership with International Development Enterprises (iDE). CSISA-MI is a five- year project (July 2013 – September 2018) that focuses on unlocking agricultural productivity through increased adoption of agricultural mechanization technologies and services. CSISA-MI maintains the following objectives:

  • Strategic Objective 1: To sustainably intensify and diversify agricultural production in Southern Bangladesh through surface water irrigation.
  • Strategic Objective 2: To transform agriculture in Southern Bangladesh through broad-based access to agricultural mechanization services.
  • Strategic Objective 3: To develop new models for public and private institutions to support irrigation and agricultural mechanization in Southern Bangladesh.

As a result of CSISA-MI’s activities, more than 62,000 farmers have utilized resource efficient crop sowing, irrigation, and harvesting services on 28,000 hectares throughout Bangladesh. Hands-on training on small-scale agricultural machineries has been delivered to 10,000 farmers through collaborative project, public, and private sector efforts. CSISA-MI’s private sector partners have also invested in excess of US$ 1.6 million of their own funds to import, manufacture, distribute, advertise, and sell machinery to farmers in southern Bangladesh.

Bangladesh News

  • 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 grow two or three crops on the same piece of land each year, generating a reliable source of food and income for farming families. But in the food-insecure lower Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains in Bangladesh, farmers have lower investment capacities and ...

  • 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 a formidable challenge to the agricultural extension system’s capacity. The diversity and geographic spread of Bangladesh’s farmers also challenge extensions’ ability to link farmers with innovative and locally relevant agricultural research findings. CSISA has launched a partnership with the AAS, an ...

  • Dry Direct-Seeded Rice Increases Profitability in Bangladesh

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (CSISA) – The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) recently organized field demonstrations to show how using direct-seeded rice (DSR) instead of transplanting rice crops not only minimizes water use but also reduces production cost and increases profitability. This event created significant awareness of, and interest in, DSR technologies among policymakers and farmers. Bangladesh has attained self-sufficiency in rice production, according to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS). In 2015–16, rice occupied 74% of the country’s total cropped area, 15.44 million hectares, and total paddy (rough rice) production ...

  • Weeding Out Yield Losses in South Asia

    Weed infestation is among the primary barriers to achieving the full yield potential of crops, including improved cultivars, in South Asia. According to Virender Kumar, Senior Scientist – Weed Science, International Rice Research Institute, “Unlike insects and disease where effects are more often immediately evident in the field, weeds are like a slow poison, working unseen in the background. Weeds are endemic to agricultural fields, have received relatively less attention from farmers, and are difficult to react to.” Studies have shown that yield losses due to weeds can range from 15 ...

  • Scientists Trained to Fight Wheat Blast in South Asia

    Last year, the devastating disease wheat blast was observed in South Asia for the first time. Caused by the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae pathotype Triticum (MoT) and first discovered in Paraná State, Brazil, in the mid-1980s, blast constitutes a major constraint to wheat production in South America. The sudden appearance of a highly virulent MoT strain in Bangladesh presents a serious threat to food and income security in South Asia, home to 300 million undernourished people and whose inhabitants consume over 100 million tons of wheat each year. Last year, blast ...

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