CSISA in India

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:

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CSISA locations in India (click to enlarge)

  1. Promoting improved nursery management practices and commercial nursery enterprises for achieving higher rice yields
  2. Spreading awareness on and creating an enabling environment for early wheat sowing for combatting heat stress
  3. Facilitating a critical mass of zero-till wheat service providers and adopters to tackle energy and economic constraints and to enhance crop productivity
  4. Reducing the risks of a weak and variable monsoon to kharif rice through cropping systems diversification and new technologies
  5. Promoting directly sown rice to address labor and energy constraints to precision rice establishment
  6. Increasing the capacity of National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) to conduct participatory on-farm technology evaluations
  7. Developing and deploying integrated weed management recommendations and weed control products in rice systems
  8. Expanding commercial maize cultivation in hill and plateau ecologies
  9. Providing timely and actionable advice on yield-enhancing irrigation scheduling for rice and wheat
  10. Converting rice-fallows in coastal Odisha through surface water irrigation and rain fed legume crop intensification

Resources

CSISA Phase II Semi-Annual Report 2015
Operational Manual for Mechanical Transplanting of Rice
Eight Tips for Higher Rice Yields

Videos

Working with women farmers in Bihar
Seed Drill Helps Overcome Labor Shortage

News

  • 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 teams of scientists who possess expertise in research and extension and play a crucial role in carrying out front-line demonstrations. These centers are well positioned to play a strategic role in linking research outputs and priorities with extension activities. At ...

  • Geospatial Technology Holds Potential to Revolutionize Agricultural Interventions

    What information is needed to make a reasonably precise agronomic recommendation for a small plot of land, or for an entire district or a state? Agronomists must collect and analyze a multitude of variables when formulating agronomic recommendations, including crop and soil types, biotic and abiotic stresses, weed and nutrient management practices, weather and available irrigation infrastructure. Moreover, agriculture is extremely dynamic and conditions can change rapidly – with each cropping season and from one farm to another, making the process of formulating agronomic recommendations a challenge. This is where a Geographic ...

  • 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 lowest wheat yields in the Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP). Bihar is already a net importer of wheat, and the regions that currently supply wheat to it, such as the Northwestern state of Punjab, have comparatively little scope for further boosting yields. ...

  • CSISA-Trained Women Farmers Lead the Way for Agriculture in Bihar

    On account of various social and cultural barriers prevalent in rural India, women farmers often lack access to even basic information and training on modern agricultural practices. In the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) is working closely with women’s self-help groups (SHGs) to bridge this knowledge gap. According to the FAO State of Food and Agriculture 2010-11 Report, agricultural output in the developing world can, on average, be increased by 2.5 to 4 percent if women farmers had the same access to agricultural ...

  • Catalyzing Change in South Asia’s Rice-Based Systems

    The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) operates in areas with high concentrations of rural poverty, in the Eastern Indo Gangetic Plans of Bangladesh, India and Nepal, where smallholder farmers are most vulnerable to the risks of increasingly erratic weather patterns. It is pertinent to note that the productivity of rice-based systems in these locations continue to be marred by a vast array of issues including, but not limited to, various biotic and abiotic stresses, irregular rains, outdated agronomic techniques, limited infrastructure, poor weed management practices, a lack of ...

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