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


  • 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 and feedback from large-scale surveys with farmers. In 2018-2019, CSISA embarked on an ambitious task of generating data for evidence: Landscape Diagnostic Survey (LDS). They were supported in this task by select Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs) centers in the states being ...

  • 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, Nalanda, Bhojpur, and Darbhanga, attended the workshop. Anil Kumar, program manager at JEEViKA (livelihood) and Sugandha Munshi from CSISA apprised the participants that together with CSISA-EiA, the JEEViKA team will implement an RLS to generate evidence on DSR (mechanized and manual) ...

  • Convergence Platform (CP) and Landscape Diagnostic Survey (LDS) review meeting

    On 22 February, CSISA facilitated a Convergence Platform (CP) meeting with LDS (pulses) review, jointly led by the Directorate of Extension Education, OUAT (Bhubaneswar) and ICAR-ATARI (Kolkata) in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Project partners, public and private stakeholders (around 57 participants) from Odisha and West Bengal, along with progressive farmers and Service Providers, participated in the meeting. The data and research on DSR-suitability landscapes, varietal performance, and overall productivity, profitability and sustainability of mechanized-DSR based cropping systems were shared by the CSISA-DSR Odisha team. The participants also deliberated about developing common agri-advisory messages for Rabi ...

  • KVK-CSISA Network Annual Workshop 2023

    The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) and ICAR’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) hosted their annual network meeting on 27 September 2023. The one-day CSISA-ICAR led meeting organized at NAAS complex, New Delhi, focused on the fourteen years of collaboration and milestones achieved while discussing new opportunities for strengthening the CSISA-KVK (ICAR) partnership to transform agriculture extension research and services. Further, speakers from ICAR and CSISA apprised participants of progress made on ongoing important initiatives and informed participants about new endeavors within the CSISA-KVK collaboration. The annual meeting to review ...

  • Stakeholders workshop on fostering mechanized-DSR and non-rice crops advancements

    In a significant collaborative effort, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) with the DSR-Odisha Project organized a state-level workshop for service providers (SPs) in Bhubaneswar on September 15. These SPs for mechanized direct seeded rice (DSR) and mechanized weeding were also taken on a field tour to mechanized DSR clusters in the Puri district. The workshop's primary aim was to explore the expansion and enhancement of mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice cultivation during the kharif season and mechanized sowing of rabi pulses and oilseeds with integrated weed management (IWM). At ...

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