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


  • Empowering small and marginal farmers of Odisha through collaborative initiatives

    In Odisha (Bargarh, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, and Puri), CSISA-IRRI, in collaboration with the Govt. of Odisha, is working on the "DSR-Odisha project." The project aims to increase Agri-productivity, ensure socio-economic and environmental sustainability, and improve the state's smallholder farmers' profitability from rice-based systems. With a convergent approach and partnership with public and private sectors, improved technologies, crop varieties, and better bet agronomy are being demonstrated through cluster demonstrations in the targeted regions by sequencing Kharif rice with feasible rabi season crops like green gram, black gram, groundnut, maize, etc. Extension activities and ...

  • JEEViKA (Bihar Rural Livelihood Mission) and CSISA Kharif planning meet

    JEEVIKA and CSISA work closely in Bihar to ensure inclusive agri-research and food systems, particularly for women farmers. On May 26th, a state-level planning meeting with JEEViKA was organized by CSISA in Patna to discuss Kharif preparations. CSISA and JEEViKA officials discuss Kharif /interventions/activities supporting women farmers in Bihar Ms. Sugandha Munshi, Gender Lead CSISA, and Shri Anil Kumar, Program Manager JEEViKA, set the agenda and planning of activities along with district officials of JEEViKA and CSISA at the meeting. In his opening remarks, Dr. RK Malik, who joined virtually, ...

  • Interaction with stakeholders to scale mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice (DSR) in Odisha

    On June 16, an interactive meeting entitled with the stakeholders to scale mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice (DSR) and rabi season pulses & oilseeds in Odisha” was organized under IRRI-GoO-DSR-Odisha and CSISA project in Bhubaneswar. The meeting helped explore the scaling pathways for mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice in the Kharif season and line sowing of rabi pulses & oilseeds. Pro. B.R Kamboj, VC of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agriculture University (HAU) & Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology (GJUST), Hisar addresses the participants at the workshop. Professor B.R. Kamboj, Vice-Chancellor, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana ...

  • Field Day cum Travelling Seminar on DSR at Gazipur, Eastern UP

    Participating farmers and service providers with CSISA and KVK scientists in Ghazipur farm Seeing is believing! Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asai (CSISA) has been conducting exposure visits for farmers to different technologies, practices, and demonstration sites. On 8th June 2022, CSISA and KVK Gazipur organized a field day cum traveling seminar on DSR for service providers (SPs) and the farmers of Bihar. The participants were from three districts, Buxar, Arah, and Rohtas. They visited CSISA demo plots of DSR and visually experienced two stages of DSR technology: 1. seeding paddy ...

  • Convergence Platform for blending research and extension initiatives in the EIGP

    Agricultural Technology Adoption Research Institutes (ATARIs) from Kanpur and Patna organized state-level "Convergence Platforms" meetings on 29th May in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and 17th June in Patna, Bihar. Convergence Platform (CP), an initiative encouraged by CSISA following the success in Bihar, is a collaborative platform with all stakeholders in agriculture research, food, and agri-system development to strengthen collaborative delivery. ATARI Director chairs Convergence Platform meeting in Patna (R) and Kanpur (L) The CS meeting in Uttar Pradesh was chaired by Dr. US Gautam, Director ATARI, Kanpur, with Mr. Vivek ...

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