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Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia aims to sustainably improve cereal productivity, food security and increase the income of farmers in South Asia’s Indo-Gangetic Plains. Operating in rural “innovation hubs” in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, CSISA complements regional and national efforts and involves public, civil society and private sector partners in the development and dissemination of improved cropping systems, resource-conserving management technologies, new cereal varieties and hybrids, livestock feeding strategies and feed value chains, aquaculture systems and policies and markets.

Intensive cereal cropping systems, which include rice, wheat and maize are widespread throughout South Asia often integrating livestock or aquaculture. These systems constitute the main economic activity in many rural areas and provide staple food for millions of people.


  • Promote resource-conserving practices, technologies and services that increase yield with less water, labor and input costs.
  • Develop and disseminate high yielding, heat-, water- and stress-tolerant cereal varieties to withstand the impacts of climatic change in South Asia.
  • Impart new knowledge on cropping management practices, livestock feeding and aquaculture management from future-oriented research.
  • Improve access to market information and enterprise development.
  • Strengthen policy analysis to remove constraints to the adoption of new technologies.
  • Build strategic partnerships and capacity to help sustain and enhance the scale of benefits of improved cereal growth.

Project Leader: Andrew McDonald, A.Mcdonald@cgiar.org, CIMMYT

Funding Organizations: US Agency for International Development (USAID), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Project Website: http://csisa.org/