In India, CSISA activities focus on areas of the eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains dominated by small farm sizes, low incomes and comparatively low levels of agricultural mechanization, irrigation and productivity. Project hubs are located in Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Odisha.
The project partners with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the State Departments of Agriculture, national-level initiatives, livelihoods programs, state agricultural universities, NGOs and private sector entities including agricultural machinery manufacturers, dealers and local service providers.
CSISA’s core interventions in India include:
- Promoting improved nursery management practices and commercial nursery enterprises for achieving higher rice yields
- Spreading awareness on and creating an enabling environment for early wheat sowing for combatting heat stress
- Facilitating a critical mass of zero-till wheat service providers and adopters to tackle energy and economic constraints and to enhance crop productivity
- Reducing the risks of a weak and variable monsoon to kharif rice through cropping systems diversification and new technologies
- Promoting directly sown rice to address labor and energy constraints to precision rice establishment
- Increasing the capacity of National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) to conduct participatory on-farm technology evaluations
- Developing and deploying integrated weed management recommendations and weed control products in rice systems
- Expanding commercial maize cultivation in hill and plateau ecologies
- Providing timely and actionable advice on yield-enhancing irrigation scheduling for rice and wheat
- Converting rice-fallows in coastal Odisha through surface water irrigation and rain fed legume crop intensification