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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  • CSISA-IFRPI study on the inclusiveness of agriculture development programs in Bihar and Odisha

    In the first quarter of 2023, CSISA conducted fieldwork to understand how inclusive agriculture development programs are in Bihar, India ( fieldwork in Odisha concluded in the last quarter of 2022). The results from the study will feed into CSISA’s objectives to make research and agri-extension activities inclusive as possible. Despite ...

  • Convergence Platform (Odisha) Meeting

    On 15 December 2022, ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kolkata (ICAR-ATARI) convened a "Convergence Platform Odisha Meeting" at the Directorate of Extension Education, OUAT, Bhubaneswar. It was facilitated by Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) and participated by different stakeholders engaged in the state agriculture sector. This event was ...

  • Cropping systems of Haryana – Challenges and Opportunities

    CSISA publication under the RAWE program of CCSHAU released in February 2023 'Cropping Systems of Haryana - Challenges and Opportunities' released by DDG Education Dr. R.C Aggarwal Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) project, in collaboration with Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), initiated a capacity development program for final ...

  • Improved groundnut variety mechanically sown proved to be financially rewarding for Odisha farmer

    Ganesh Kandi is a 45-year-old marginal farmer from Alasankha Village in Gop Block, Puri District in Odisha. With technical support from the DSR-Odisha/CSISA projects team, he cultivated groundnut on his farm during the 2021-22 Rabi season. Despite the added costs from better seedbed preparation, higher levels of MoP and sulphur ...

  • A reluctant farmer changes the fortune of his inherited land

    Ravi Ranjan took to farming after the death of his grandfather and, despite his initial apprehension about working in agriculture, has never looked back. Farmer Ravi Ranjan is a progressive and influential farmer with ties to the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) project. Researchers on the CSISA team have been working ...

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