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


  • 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 fertilizer, and additional weed management, the total cost of cultivation (cost per unit area) in improved practice was only 3% higher than the farmer’s practice. “The groundnut yield obtained in improved practice produced a record yield in the area,” said Ganesh.  ...

  • 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 with farmers like him in the region for over a decade and are proud of the ongoing collaboration. Ranjan’s fields are regularly used as CSISA trial plots to help demonstrate the success of new technologies and conservation agriculture practices that ...

  • DSR-field days and public harvest in Bargarh, Odisha

    A series of six field days and three public harvest events on mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice (DSR) in Bargarh district were organized by DSR-Odisha and CSISA projects in collaboration with DAFE, KVK Bargarh, and AJKA NGO. These sites were in Paikmal (Sareikela village), Padampur (Sativata & Kudopali), Bhatli (Nalichuan) and Sohela (Ainlapali) blocks in Bargarh district between 31 October – 7 November 2022. Glimpses (diff. sites) from the 'field day & public harvest' event organized by CSISA to bring in more farmers and expose them to the benefits of mechanized/DSR. In the public ...

  • Director for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems (CIMMYT) visits CSISA Bihar hub

    CIMMYT Program Director for Sustainable Agri-Food Systems, Dr. Sieg Snapp, visited CSISA project sites in Bihar in November (9-10). Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, joined by senior CSISA scientists, interacted with farmers and local officials about challenges and adoption of conservation agri-technologies and practices. The CSISA team in Bihar, led by Dr. Shishpal Poonia, apprised Director Snapp about various regional initiatives – eastern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar – with senior members presenting updates on project interventions, achievements, and impact. While sharing her experience working with farmers and in agricultural development, Dr. Sieg congratulated the ...

  • New initiatives for wheat crop discussed at UP 'Convergence Platform' meeting

    Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Kanpur, organized a "Convergence Platform" (CP) meeting at the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, on 7 November 2022. In the meeting, participants from ATARI, the Department of Agriculture (DOA), State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), the Livelihood mission of Uttar Pradesh (UP), and the private sector discussed the convergence of interests for extension activities. Most of the discussion focused on helping increase wheat productivity in the current season and providing feedback for researchers to review. Officials and CSISA members with other participants after ending the meeting ...

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