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Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia enters Phase III: focus on scalability and strategic partnerships

In eastern India, CSISA increased adoption of early sowing of wheat and zero tillage by demonstrating the benefits in farmers’ fields. Photo: Vinaynath Reddy. Growth rates of staple crop yields in Sou …


Supporting sustainable and scalable changes in cereal systems in South Asia

The rates of growth of staple crop yields in South Asia are insufficient to meet the projected demands in the region. With 40 percent of the world’s poor living in South Asia, the area composed of eas …


Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia

Intensive cereal cropping systems that include rice, wheat and/or maize are widespread throughout South Asia. Often, these cropping systems are integrated with livestock or aquaculture. These systems …


Agricultural Innovation Program for Pakistan

Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) for Pakistan is working to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes in the agricultural sector through the promotion and dissemination of modern …


CIMMYT-Bangladesh showcase technology at national fair

Bangladesh’s Minister of Agriculture Motia Chowdhury (3rd from left) visited the CGIAR Pavilion while inaugurating the National Agricultural Technology Fair held in Dhaka on 5-7 April 2015. In the pho …


Local innovations help meet farmers’ needs in Bihar

During a pilot program with members of the Kisan Sakhi Group in Muzzafarpur, Bihar nearly 350 women farmers were trained on operating the Diesel Engine Powered Open Drum Thresher. In this picture, Sur …


CSISA mechanization meets farmers’ needs in Bihar, India

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) is working to ensure that farmers of all incomes, including smallholder farmers in Bihar State, have access to differently priced and scale-appropr …


Well-positioned for next phase, CSISA India plans for monsoon cropping season

As Phase II of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) draws to a close in India, it is well positioned for a Phase III, according to Andrew McDonald, CIMMYT Cropping Systems Agronomist a …


CSISA hosts regional cross-learning event on sustainable intensification

Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) from Africa RISING speaks at the event. Developing a global ‘community of practice’ for sustainable intensification (SI …


Smart tools for farmers in South Asia to help increase yield

By Anuradha Dhar/CIMMYT In South Asia, 90 percent of smallholder farmers using fertilizer lack access to soil testing services. Due to blanket recommendations, the application of nutrients is not well …


Economist: ‘You may never have heard about CGIAR, but you need to care about it’

By Carissa Wodehouse/CIMMYT Visiting Fellow Richard Woodward of the Sheffield Political Economy Research  Institute (SPERI) recently wrote a blog post titled “The CGIAR: The Most  Important Internatio …


CIMMYT, Pakistan renew host country agreement

Photo: Awais Yaqub By Yahya Rauf and Imtiaz Muhammad/CIMMYT CIMMYT and the government of Pakistan have formally agreed to continue the Host Country Agreement signed in 1984, which allows CIMMYT to hos …


Initiative to track wheat and maize varietal adoption in South and East Asia

By Surabhi Mittal/CIMMYT A new project aims to generate quality data on the uptake and diffusion of CGIAR research outputs and assess their impact and alignment with the Consortium’s goals. The planni …


Pakistan program aims for agricultural innovation

By Imtiaz Muhammad/CIMMYT International and Pakistani scientists are expanding efforts to accelerate access to climate-resilient maize and rust-resistant wheat varieties in Pakistan, as well as to imp …


Are mobile phones helping farmers?

Mobile phones promise new opportunities for reaching farmers with agricultural information, but are their potential fully utilized? CIMMYT’s agricultural economist Surabhi Mittal and IRRI’s economist …


A new era for Agricultural Innovation in Pakistan

On 27-28 May, representatives from CIMMYT, USAID, the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), ILRI, IRRI, AVRDC, and UC Davis met with colleagues from several Pakistan universities, agricultura …


Pakistan: Innovation to boost agriculture

Pakistan ushered in a new era of agricultural research earlier this month when the Ministry of Food Security and Research, CIMMYT, USAID, the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), and key agr …


CIMMYT-Bangladesh, February 2013: distinguished guests and donors

As farmers in southern Bangladesh –the country’s most impoverished region– face increasing costs of agricultural labor and negative effects of climate change, CIMMYT-Bangladesh partners with farmers a …


Feed the Future delegation visits CIMMYT-Bangladesh

The CIMMYT team in Bangladesh hosted a highprofile field visit on 01 September 2012 for a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) delegation consisting of Paul Weisenfeld (USAID Ass …


Sustainable agriculture: “Bridging the knowledge gap between farmers and scientists” – AlertNet

Sustainable agriculture: “Bridging the knowledge gap between farmers and scientists” – AlertNet. In their RIO+20 Call-to-action, CGIAR urged to support knowledge sharing systems that engage with small …