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  • EoI for Bangladesh: CSISA-MEA

    Expression of interest for agricultural machinery and spare parts manufacturing in partnership with the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia Mechanization Extension Activity (CSISA-MEA) CIMMYT in collaboration with iDE, and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering in the USAID-funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia Mechanization Extension Activity (CSISA-MEA) to increase the productivity, competitiveness and efficiency of domestic agricultural machinery manufacturing, assembly, use, and servicing through building manufacturing capacity, improving ...

  • COVID-19 Response through Connecting Migrations to Farm Mechanization and Services Provision in Rural Nepal

    Across Nepal, COVID-19 pandemic cases were at an all-time high and predicted to double each week; quarantine facilities and hospitals were full. COVID-19 cases are no longer confined to urban areas, but rural areas and highly remote villages, including the farm households in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence in the Terai. COVID-19 adds additional uncertainties to existing climate stresses and risks, and makes rural families the most vulnerable, ...

  • Impact of COVID-19 Agriculture Extension Services: Implications for Female Farmers

    Terai women in a rice field USAID-supported studies in Nepal, conducted by the Gender, Climate Change and Nutrition Integration Initiative (GCAN) and the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA), find that around one-third of farmers (34% male and 29% female) reported unavailability of their regular sources of agricultural extension information since COVID-19-related lockdown was first announced in the country. Prior to the lockdown, agricultural input retailers were the most important source of information for farmers, including both male and ...

  • By Tracking the Weather, A New System Can Protect Brazilian Farmers from Wheat Blast

    Every year, the spores of the wheat blast fungus lie in wait on South American and Bangladeshi farms. In most years, the pathogen has only a small impact on the countries’ wheat crops. But, the disease spreads quickly, and when the conditions are right, there’s a risk of a large outbreak — which can pose a serious threat to the food security and livelihood of farmers in a specific year. To ...

  • New digital groundwater monitoring pilot in Nepal kicks off with a multi-stakeholder dialogue

    Taken together, digital monitoring and readily available data on the status of groundwater resources provide a critical foundation for sustainable irrigation development. While much is known about surface water resources and hydrological and meteorological linkages between the Terai, Mid-Hills and Himalaya regions of the country, Nepal currently lacks a comprehensive system for groundwater resource monitoring. To respond to this crucial information gap, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and ...

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