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.
In Bangladesh, CSISA Phase III focuses on three thematic work streams covering the following topics:
- Directly sown rice to address labor and energy constraints to precision rice establishment.
- Agronomic and variety recommendations to reduce the threat of wheat blast.
- Re-envisioning viable scaling pathways for precision nutrient management.
- Increasing the capacity of NARES to conduct participatory science and technology evaluations.
- Rice-fallows development in coastal Bangladesh.
- Deployment of better-bet agronomic messaging through private sector partners and dealer networks.
- Healthy rice seedlings for higher yields.
- High-value, premium quality rice in expansion Bangladesh.
- Commercial expansion of two-wheel tractor based machinery and associated service provision models for reapers and seeders.
- 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.