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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  • KVK-CSISA Network Annual Workshop 2022

    On 23 September, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), and the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) network, hosted their annual meeting for 2022. The meeting cum workshop organized at NAAS complex, in New Delhi, was attended by officials representing over sixty-six KVKs, eleven ATARIs, ten ICAR, and associated organizations from ...

  • Training of CSISA trainers for technically backstopping forthcoming landscape diagnostic survey (LDS)

    A Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for CSISA team members on LDS deployment was conducted by master trainers of CSISA. The new pool of CSISA’s master trainers will support forthcoming LDS by KVKs in the future. Madhulika Singh, Wasim Iftikar, Pardeep Sagwal, Umesh Yadav, and Nima Chodon participated in the ...


    Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia project has initiated a capacity development program for final year students of B.Sc. (Agriculture) of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU). The vision for this initiative is to establish crop diagnostic surveys under Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE) as part of the course curriculum ...

  • Field day training for Weed Management in Rice

    Weeds are pernicious and, if left uncontrolled, can lead to significant yield loss and reduce the quality of farm output. In paddy cultivation, weeds are widespread, and a variety of them are found in the fields. These weeds can be controlled by manual weeding by hand or using mechanical implements, ...

  • Expanding Mechanized/Precision Direct Seeded Rice in Odisha: A Success Story

    The IRRI-GoO-DSR-Odisha project titled “Precision Direct-Seeded Rice-based Diversification Systems for Transforming Labour Requirement, Yields and Profitability of Smallholder Farmers in Odisha” aims to expand the practice of DSR to improve and optimize rice production practices in the state. Under this project, the IRRI-CSISA team works closely with smallholders of Odisha in ...

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