• Women farmers, researchers, and local agencies fight to unlock the potential of maize in eastern India

  • Read how women farmers, researchers, and local agencies fight to unlock the potential of maize in eastern India.
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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 2020. The project is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and implemented jointly with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

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    Scientists, in collaboration with CSISA, help farmers practice integrated disease management with the help of the weather-based Stempedia model. Stemphylium blight is one of the most damaging diseases that plagues lentil fields in South Asia, causing plants to shed leaves and loose twigs, ultimately leading to grain loss. In severe cases, ...

  • New Infographics Illustrate Impact of Wheat Blast

    Wheat blast is a fast-acting and devastating fungal disease that threatens food safety and security in the Americas and South Asia. First officially identified in Brazil in 1984, the disease is widespread in South American wheat fields, affecting as much as 3 million hectares in the early 1990s. In ...

  • Seeing is Believing: Videos Increase Uptake of New Technologies

    Discussions on the video show of yield enhancing practices such as healthy rice seedling production and early wheat sowing throughout southern Bangladesh(Photo: M. Shahidul Haque Khan, CIMMYT) The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), in collaboration with the Bangladeshi NGO Agricultural Advisory Society (AAS), recently conducted video showings of yield-enhancing practices such ...

  • Strategic Partnership Facilitates Mungbean Scaling in Nepal

    Millers and GATE Nepal discussing the mungbean grain quality demanded in the market(Photo: Narayan Prasad Khanal, CIMMYT) Mungbean is a relatively new crop in Nepal, so relevant research and development activities are still just emerging. In 2015, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), supported by USAID, started conducting participatory research and development, ...

  • Experts Identify Policy Gaps in Fertilizer Application in India

    A farmer in Ara district, Bihar state, applies NPK fertilizer, composed primarily of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. (Photo: Dakshinamurthy Vedachalam, CIMMYT) The application of fertilizers that do not meet the nutrient requirements (i.e. balanced nutrient application) of target crops is a widespread problem in India. Farmers overuse urea (N) and seldom apply secondary nutrients ...

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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