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


  • Training of CSISA trainers for technically backstopping forthcoming landscape diagnostic survey (LDS)

    A Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for CSISA team members on LDS deployment was conducted by master trainers of CSISA. The new pool of CSISA’s master trainers will support forthcoming LDS by KVKs in the future. Madhulika Singh, Wasim Iftikar, Pardeep Sagwal, Umesh Yadav, and Nima Chodon participated in the training held on 28-30 August in Kolkata. The two-day training was led by CSISA's Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) specialists Anurag Ajay and Arindam Samaddar, who explained the workshop's relevance, need, and expected outcomes. The trainers discussed all aspects of LDS ...


    Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia project has initiated a capacity development program for final year students of B.Sc. (Agriculture) of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU). The vision for this initiative is to establish crop diagnostic surveys under Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE) as part of the course curriculum for final-year graduation students. Under this, students will begin implementing data collection on agricultural practices following CSISA’s landscape diagnostic survey (LDS) process. In executing the LDS process under RAWE, training-of-trainers (TOT) was organized for participating faculties from the department of Agronomy, ...

  • Field day training for Weed Management in Rice

    Weeds are pernicious and, if left uncontrolled, can lead to significant yield loss and reduce the quality of farm output. In paddy cultivation, weeds are widespread, and a variety of them are found in the fields. These weeds can be controlled by manual weeding by hand or using mechanical implements, or spraying herbicides. While manual weeding is efficient, it is very labor intensive and time-consuming. Farmers consistently ask for chemical weed control because the current practice of manual weeding has become costly due to labor scarcity. For uniform and efficient use ...

  • Expanding Mechanized/Precision Direct Seeded Rice in Odisha: A Success Story

    The IRRI-GoO-DSR-Odisha project titled “Precision Direct-Seeded Rice-based Diversification Systems for Transforming Labour Requirement, Yields and Profitability of Smallholder Farmers in Odisha” aims to expand the practice of DSR to improve and optimize rice production practices in the state. Under this project, the IRRI-CSISA team works closely with smallholders of Odisha in select districts with a system approach to achieve broader objectives of improving farm income, food security, and environmental sustainability. CSISA-DSR-Odisha team with farmers, including champion farmer Santanu Dash at training on mechanized establishment of crops A success story A given technology may be ...

  • Interstate Exposure visit to Andhra Pradesh under the DSR-Odisha project

    A five-day "Interstate Exposure Visit of Lead Farmers & Potential Service Providers (SPs) from Odisha" was organized from 3-7 August 2022 under the IRRI-GoO-DSR-Odisha Project. This Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) project by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI-CSISA) with support from the Govt. of Odisha and implemented in close association with the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment (DAFE), Govt. Odisha aims to expand the practice of DSR to improve and optimize rice production practices in the state. A total of 25 participants (representing three lead farmers and two DSR- ...

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