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Agricultural biodiversity key to future crop improvement

November 25, 2016

Conserving and using agricultural biodiversity to create better crops can help meet several sustainable development goals and stave off further species extinctions.


Conference highlights urgent need to harness genetic resources for future food security

November 1, 2016

The International Agrobiodiversity Congress provides a platform for farmers, scientists, policymakers and industry leaders to share their experiences in agrobiodiversity management and genetic resourc …


Award recognizes agronomist Ram Malik for successes in India’s rice-wheat systems

April 22, 2016

Ram Kanwar Malik recognized for 30 years of improving India’s rice-wheat systems.


CIMMYT India staff brainstorm steps to implement strategy

March 27, 2016

CIMMYT Director General Martin Kropff presented the organization’s draft strategy with its unifying vision at the staff session in the organization’s Delhi office.


Can maize help farmers in Odisha, India, cope with climate change?

January 11, 2016

Increasing drought and low rainfall are leading many rice farmers in India’s plateau region of Odisha to start cultivating a crop that requires less water, has lower input costs and earns farmers grea …


Cereal systems initiative speeds growth of mechanized technologies in India, report shows

January 3, 2016

Major impacts of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia program include success in increasing access to and affordability of modern farming technologies for smallholder farmers across India, acc …


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

November 13, 2015

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

November 9, 2015

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 …


Zero-till wheat raises farmers’ incomes in eastern India, research shows

September 30, 2015

Photo Credit: Vinaynath Reddy / CIMMYT In a study published last month in Food Security, CIMMYT researchers reported that wheat farmers’ total annual income increased by 6% on average with the introdu …


Low-cost innovations to benefit smallholder farmers in Nepal

May 5, 2015

A new investment by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia in Nepal (CSISA-NP) was launched on 10 April, 2015 at a public event in Kathma …


New report highlights need for groundwater management solutions in Bangladesh

April 28, 2015

The recent report “Groundwater Management in Bangladesh: An Analysis of Problems and Opportunities,” published by the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia – Mechanization and Irrigation (CSISA-MI) …


Spreading innovation: new partnerships drive change in Odisha

February 23, 2015

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) has collaborated with Digital Green (DG), the Department of Agriculture (DOA), Government of Odisha, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and Orissa Univer …


Strengthening maize policies and public-private partnerships in Asia

November 11, 2014

Policies designed to promote maize industry growth require data and information, which is often difficult to obtain in Asian countries. This was discussed during the technical session on improving mai …


CSISA: Making a Difference in South Asia

September 5, 2014

Anu Dhar, Cynthia Mathys, Jennifer Johnson Staff members of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) are developing and implementing projects aimed at improving agricultural production and …


Smart tools for farmers in South Asia to help increase yield

July 24, 2014

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 …


Improving women farmer’s access to agricultural information and training in India

June 20, 2014

By Anuradha Dhar/CIMMYT On a hot summer day in the Muzaffarpur District of Bihar State, India, 345 women farmers gathered to talk about the challenges they face in agriculture with a visiting team fro …