CSISA in India

In India, CSISA activities focus on areas of the eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains dominated by small farm sizes, low incomes and comparatively low levels of agricultural mechanization, irrigation and productivity. Project hubs are located in Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh and Odisha.

The project partners with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the State Departments of Agriculture, national-level initiatives, livelihoods programs, state agricultural universities, NGOs and private sector entities including agricultural machinery manufacturers, dealers and local service providers.

CSISA’s core interventions in India include:


CSISA locations in India (click to enlarge)

  1. Directly-sown rice (DSR) to address labor and energy constraints to precision rice establishment
  2. Strengthening the foundations of agro-advisory through knowledge organization and data integration
  3. Building precision nutrient management approaches around established and emerging scaling pathways
  4. Income-generating maize production in neglected hill and plateau ecologies
  5. Rice-fallows development in coastal Odisha
  6. Increasing the capacity of National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems (NARES) to conduct participatory on-farm technology evaluations
  7. Integrated weed management to facilitate sustainable intensification transitions in rice
  8. Accelerating the emergence of mechanized solutions for sustainable intensification
  9. Coping with climate extremes in rice–wheat cropping systems


  • Stakeholder Convergence Platform: Collaborate, innovate and deliver to support farmers

    CSISA has supported and led the creation of a collaborative "convergence platform" in Bihar, Odisha and eastern Uttar Pradesh, bringing together state agro-development actors, various government departments, cooperatives and private actors. Joining forces in this way better aligned all efforts, reducing overlap and duplication, as well as supporting rapid decision-making and encouraging cross-learning. CSISA and ICAR Agri-Extension have also helped establish state and district-level convergence groups. State-level Convergence Platform Meetings CSISA facilitated/participated in three Convergence Platform meetings in the last three months. At these meetings chaired by senior officials, stakeholders presented reports ...

  • Training of Trainers on Improved Hybrid Maize Cultivation in Plateau Ecology of Odisha

    CSISA in collaboration with ACCESS Development Services, successfully organized a Field Day training of trainers (ToT) activity on "Improved Hybrid Maize Cultivation in Plateau Ecology of Odisha" in Umarkote in Nabarangpur from 1-2 June and in Mahendragarh in Gajapati from 4-5 June 2023. CSISA maize technical lead in Odisha, Dr. Wasim Iftikar conducted the trainings. Seventy-three participants, including 16 women trainees, attended the programme. The participants were mainly from ACCESS project staff, including some progressive farmers who were members of Farmer Producer Companies and Farmer Producer Groups (FPCs and ...

  • Wheat Field Day organized by CSISA-KVK

    Lakhisarai district CSISA organized a field day in collaboration with KVK-Lakhisarai at Sisma village of Lakhisarai district, Bihar. The activity aimed to understand how zero-till (ZT) wheat following direct seeded rice (DSR) in the rice-wheat cropping system aided in achieving higher yield due to the timely seeding of both crops. Stakehoders who attended the activity were Dr. Nishank Prakash, KVK Lakhisarai, Mr. Prakash Sharma from PRAVAH-ITC, ZT-service providers, and other focused farmers. ZT-wheat after DSR is a crop establishment technique that facilitates farmers in early seeding in rice & wheat, compared to ...

  • Early Wheat Sowing Improves Yield and Supports System Optimization - Eastern UP

    A public harvest activity for wheat in the village Laser Mahadeva of Maharajganj district in Uttar Pradesh was organized by CSISA on 7 April. The field belonged to farmer Mr Parmod Chaudhary, a champion farmer associated with CSISA since 2010. The wheat grain yield of 6.45 t/ha harvested at this site demonstrates that excellence in agronomy matters for the sustained growth of the cropping system, especially with increasing climate change threats. The activity saw the participation of Dr U.S. Gautam - Deputy Director General (Agri. Extension), Dr Sanjay Singh - DG, UP ...

  • Understanding factors affecting farmers' decisions for delayed planting of rice and wheat

    CSISA-IFPRI, as part of their ongoing study to understand factors that cause delays in planting of rice and wheat in Bihar, conducted interviews with 86 extension workers in the state. The surveys were conducted in-person across the eight districts – Aurangabad, Bhojpur, Buxar, Jehanabad, Ladkisarai, Munger, Sarana and Siwan. These are the same districts where a corresponding farmer survey was conducted in early 2022. The survey comprised major grassroots workers such as district & block agriculture extension officers, farmer friends (Krishi Salahakar), ATMA technical officers and KVK scientists. The experts were ...

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