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  • 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. ...

  • Expanding High Value and Premium Quality Rice in Bangladesh

    Securing a high and stable income from farming despite rising cultivation costs is a common challenge for smallholder farmers. This is certainly true in Bangladesh’s Feed the Future (FtF) zone, where rapidly increasing labor wages and input costs are making rice cultivation less profitable and less attractive for farmers. Bangladesh rice farmers currently grow more than 70 premium quality rice (PQR) varieties, which are characterized by long, slender and fine grains; ...

  • 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 ...

  • Healthy Rice Seedlings for Improved Livelihoods

    Low-cost interventions to promote healthy rice seedlings scaled-out in Bangladesh Rice nurseries are an important, but often underappreciated, component of a successful agronomic production cycle. How a rice crop is managed in its early stages influences performance and yield later. For example, it is very important to transplant healthy seedlings at an appropriate time to get optimum yield. However, in the absence of proper nursery management and supervision, many farmers obtain ...

  • 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 ...

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