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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  • Situation Report on Nepal’s Agrifood Systems May 2024 | Bulletin Number 18

    In April 2024, Nepal saw a 1.8 percent increase in the prices of food and beverages compared to the previous month. During the same period, the year-on-year inflation rate for food and beverages reached 5.2 percent, surpassing the overall consumer inflation rate of 4.6 percent. The main contributors to the ...

  • Closure Event of CSISA Activity (COVID Response) in Dang

    CSISA Activity in Nepal successfully concluded its COVID Response program supported by USAID/Nepal with a closing event in Lamahi, Dang district on June 11, 2024. The well-attended event, with nearly 40 participants, shared the positive impact of CSISA on extending agricultural businesses and innovation in the sector. Welcome session by Lekhnath ...

  • Closure Event of CSISA/Nepal COVID Response Activity in Surkhet

    We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of the CSISA COVID-19 program for Surkhet hub. The program kicked off from July 2021 - June 2024. Surkhet team hosted the event and officially concluded it's episode in Birendranagar, Surkhet on June 4, 2024. This program wouldn't have been possible without the ...

  • MEL Cell established at the Division of Agricultural Extension, Indian Council of Agricultural Research

    The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) project in India works closely with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Division of Extension, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK), State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) and state governments to strengthen the research for development (R4D) system by integrating convergence processes with evidence generation ...

  • Rapid learning survey of DSR adoption in Bihar - Training of trainers (JEEViKA)

    Under the capacity-building activities by CSISA-EiA, a one-day workshop to implement a rapid learning survey (RLS) was held in Patna, Bihar, on December 12, 2023. The RLS will help evaluate DSR adoption and the opportunities and challenges. The JEEViKA team (16), which consists of livelihood specialists (LHS) from Patna, Vaishali, ...

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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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