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

News

  • 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 Data Kit (ODK). CSISA and its partner KVKs, have identified the strengthening of the monitoring, learning and evaluation (ML&E) systems as a strategic objective of the collaboration. With improved data collection and analysis, the KVKs can assess farmers’ agronomic practices and ...

  • CSISA Launches Collaboration with Government of Odisha

    ODISHA, India (CSISA) - In its latest efforts to facilitate the adoption of sustainable intensification technologies in eastern India, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) has launched a collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment (DAFE) in the Indian state of Odisha. A letter of intent signed by both parties outlines five themes: improving maize production in the Odisha plateau, growing the service economy for agricultural mechanization, rice fallows intensification, data-driven monitoring and evaluation, and advancing the science and impact of precision nutrient management through India’s soil ...

  • 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 ...

  • Partnering with Government Propels CSISA’s Efforts in Odisha

    The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and implemented jointly with International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), has recently collaborated with the Institute on Management of Agricultural Extension (IMAGE) to strengthen the capacity of extension officers in the state of Odisha. IMAGE is an autonomous body founded by the Government of Odisha in 1997 with a mandate to build capacity of agricultural functionaries across the state’s 30 districts. This partnership reflects a key ...

  • 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 ...


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