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Farming Systems Intensification in South Asia

A workshop on farming systems analysis was held at Wageningen University (WUR), The Netherlands, on 5-7 July 2016.


Making Farming Profitable: Scaling Climate-Smart Agriculture through Business Model Innovations

To develop and scale innovative CSA business models at climate-smart village (CSV) sites in South Asia, a workshop was held at WUR on 4 July 2016.


Tackling challenges to cereal production through cross-crop collaborations

Cropping systems can become more resilient in the face of climate change through better coordination and standardization.


Farm Mechanization and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification

Agricultural intensification is both a need and an opportunity for countries in sub-Sahara Africa. For intensification to occur sustainably — with minimum negative environmental and social consequenc …


Setting the stage for delivering high zinc wheat in South Asia

HarvestPlus pioneers at the off-season seed production site in Dalang Maidan, Himachal Pradesh, India. Photo: HarvestPlus Public and private sector partners in HarvestPlus’ biofortified wheat research …


Borlaug Institute for South Asia

The Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) is a non-profit international research institute dedicated to food, nutrition and livelihood security as well as environmental rehabilitation in South Asia, …


Tech-savvy women in Haryana implement precision fertilizer application

The state of Haryana, India’s breadbasket, faces a major challenge due to the excessive use of nitrogen fertilizer (N: P: K = 27.2: 9.8: 1) in agriculture. The overuse of nitrogen fertilizer in the ri …


First international training workshop on farming systems analysis in India

The international training workshop “Approaches for integrated analysis of agricultural systems in South Asia: Field, to farm, to landscape scale,” jointly organized by CIMMYT and the Indian Council o …


Maize workshop sets stage for doubling production in India by 2025

The 58th All India Coordinated Annual Maize Workshop was held at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) in Ludhiana, India during 4-6 April. The workshop brought together nearly 200 scientists in India …


Chief Minister of Bihar assures support to BISA

The Chief Minister of Bihar, India, Shri Jitan Ram Manjhi, affirmed his support for the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) and its efforts to ensure food security, in a meeting with Thomas A. Lum …


The perilous life of aphids fascinates South Asian crop scientists

Among the world’s most destructive and hated crop pests, the sap-sucking insects known as aphids are engaged in dramatic evolutionary battles with predators that include wasps whose larvae hatch and p …


Climate change and the challenges of increasing production in India

While cereal production in India has increased significantly since the mid-1960s as a result of the Green Revolution, securing the gains achieved is becoming more difficult in the context of soaring f …


Nepal team receives the 1st BGRI Gene Stewardship Award

The first-ever Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI) Gene Stewardship Award was awarded to the Nepal wheat team for their performance in promoting durable wheat varieties and enhancing food security. …


International conference confronts Ug99

A mixture of cultures and crop specialists poured into Ciudad Obregon, Sonora state, Mexico, this week for a four-day conference on a deadly pathogen that, if left unchecked, could threaten global foo …


Bihar to subsidize zero-tillage and maize

On 09 August, the government of Bihar State, India, announced a 25% subsidy for the purchase of zero-tillage seeders, bed planters, and maize threshers. According to Raj Gupta, facilitator of the Rice …