The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA)


The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) was established in 2009 with a goal of benefiting more than 8 million farmers by the end of 2022. The project is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and implemented jointly with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

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  • Empowering small and marginal farmers of Odisha through collaborative initiatives

    In Odisha (Bargarh, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, and Puri), CSISA-IRRI, in collaboration with the Govt. of Odisha, is working on the "DSR-Odisha project." The project aims to increase Agri-productivity, ensure socio-economic and environmental sustainability, and improve the state's smallholder farmers' profitability from rice-based systems. With a convergent approach and partnership with public ...

  • JEEViKA (Bihar Rural Livelihood Mission) and CSISA Kharif planning meet

    JEEVIKA and CSISA work closely in Bihar to ensure inclusive agri-research and food systems, particularly for women farmers. On May 26th, a state-level planning meeting with JEEViKA was organized by CSISA in Patna to discuss Kharif preparations. CSISA and JEEViKA officials discuss Kharif interventions/activities supporting women farmers in Bihar Ms. ...

  • Interaction with stakeholders to scale mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice (DSR) in Odisha

    On June 16, an interactive meeting, was organized under IRRI-GoO-DSR-Odisha and CSISA project with all stakeholders to scale mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice (DSR) and rabi season pulses & oilseeds in Odisha” in Bhubaneswar. The meeting helped explore the scaling pathways for mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice in the Kharif season and line ...

  • Field Day cum Travelling Seminar on DSR at Gazipur, Eastern UP

    Participating farmers and service providers with CSISA and KVK scientists in Ghazipur farm Seeing is believing! Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asai (CSISA) has been conducting exposure visits for farmers to different technologies, practices, and demonstration sites. On 8th June 2022, CSISA and KVK Gazipur organized a field day cum traveling ...

  • Convergence Platform for blending research and extension initiatives in the EIGP

    Agricultural Technology Adoption Research Institutes (ATARIs) from Kanpur and Patna organized state-level "Convergence Platforms" meetings on 29th May in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and 17th June in Patna, Bihar. Convergence Platform (CP), an initiative encouraged by CSISA following the success in Bihar, is a collaborative platform with all stakeholders in agriculture ...

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CIMMYT - The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center - is the global leader in publicly-funded maize and wheat research and related farming systems. Headquartered near Mexico City, CIMMYT works with hundreds of partners throughout the developing world to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat cropping systems, thus improving global food security and reducing poverty. CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR System and leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat, and the Excellence in Breeding Platform. The Center receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.

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