Agricultural mechanization highlighted at farmers’ field day in Bangladesh

December 18, 2015

Shahidul Haque Khan To introduce modern agricultural machines to farmers of Jhenaidah, Bangladesh, a farmers’ field day (FFD) was held on 17 November 2015 at the M.K. High School, Kulfadanga, Maharajp …


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 …


Building India’s national capacity in conservation agriculture

October 23, 2015

Participants received hands-on training on CA technologies and visited several participatory and strategic trials. Photo: Kiranjot Kaur/CIMMYT. It is estimated that as of 2013, nearly 1.5 million hect …


CSISA wheat breeders plan for future gains in South Asia

October 19, 2015

Participants from four south Asian countries attended CSISA’s annual review meeting at Karnal, India. Photo: Bal Kishan Bhonsle The growing interest of national agriculture research system (NARS) of S …


India visit: Dr. Martin Kropff, Director General, CIMMYT

October 9, 2015

Summary of CIMMYT Director General Martin Kropff visit to different research sites in several states of India, 28 September – 2 October, 2016.


CIMMYT helps the Seed Entrepreneurs’ Association of Nepal devise its organizational strategy

October 5, 2015

In response to the interest expressed by the Seed Entrepreneurs’ Association of Nepal (SEAN), CIMMYT-Nepal organized a meeting with SEAN and the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) on 29 July 2 …


Zero-till Wheat Raises Farmers’ Incomes in Eastern India, Research Shows

October 2, 2015

  NEW DELHI, India (CIMMYT) — In a study published last month in Food Security, researchers from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) reported that wheat farmers’ total …


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 …


Rebuilding livelihoods: CIMMYT supports agricultural recovery in Nepal

September 23, 2015

Farmer uses a mini-tiller in mid-west region of Nepal CSISA The recent 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25 April, followed by a 7.3 magnitude aftershock on 12 May and several hundred addi …


Videos sharpen Bangladeshi farmers’ interest in farm mechanization

September 21, 2015

Quality video can be an effective way of enhancing training messages and sharing complex agronomic information with a large audience. The USAID-funded Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia-Mechanis …


Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia

September 14, 2015

Intensive cereal cropping systems that include rice, wheat and/or maize are widespread throughout South Asia. These systems constitute the main economic activity in many rural areas and provide staple …


The gola: storing maize to improve livelihoods in Chuadanga, Bangladesh

July 13, 2015

Farmers in Chuadanga District of Bangladesh have been using a unique local method to store their maize: the gola.


In Nepal, collective action helps improve farmers’ incomes

July 8, 2015

Littri Gaun is a characteristic remote, hilly village in Dadeldhura district of Nepal. Relatively low agricultural yields, soil erosion and labor out-migration are major challenges for monsoon-depende …


Fostering collaboration between Nepalese and Indian seed companies

July 6, 2015

A delegation of 15 Nepalese seed entrepreneurs learned about various business models and innovations for seed industry development on their first visit to India. The visit, sponsored by the Cereal Sys …


Fostering collaboration between Nepalese and Indian seed companies

July 1, 2015

A delegation of 15 Nepalese seed entrepreneurs learned about various business models and innovations for seed industry development on their first visit to India. The visit, sponsored by the Cereal Sys …


Agro-machinery professionals’ jamboree held in Bangladesh

June 22, 2015

Twenty-two scientists, engineers, technicians and local manufacturers of agricultural machinery working in and with CIMMYT participated in an Agro-machinery Professionals’ Jamboree held in Jhenaidah D …


First international training workshop on farming systems analysis in India

June 9, 2015

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 …


Local innovations help meet farmers’ needs in Bihar

June 2, 2015

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

June 1, 2015

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 …