KALRO research station at Kiboko revamped to accelerate crop breeding
Upgraded technology at the KALRO research station will optimize breeding and seed systems’ work so that scientists can provide better varieties to farmers.
India will have record wheat production, must plan for export, says Arun Kumar Joshi
Source: The Hindu (11 Feb 2023)
Arun Kumar Joshi provides insights into why India is expecting record levels of wheat production this year.
More than a drop in the bucket: addressing food security in Nepal through improved sustainable irrigation
The downstream effects of the war in Ukraine imperils food security in countries like Nepal. A CSISA-led activity looks to boost local production via increased sustainable irrigation capacity and investment.
The potential of conservation agriculture in increasing yield and tackling climate change
Over three consecutive years, researchers study conservation agriculture conditions in under-developed coastal environments in South Asia.
It is time to invest in the future of Afghanistan’s wheat system
Afghan farmers need varieties with improved traits such as heat and drought resilience, incorporating functional variation from existing landrace collections.
Less water for better crops
Researchers explore how coupling automation with drip irrigation can enhance water use efficiency and productivity, especially in South Asia’s cereal-based systems.
Climate-smart strategy for weed management proves to be extremely effective
Results of an 8-year study show that weed density and diversity are greatly reduced when zero-tillage, drip-irrigation, and new crops are introduced to rice-wheat systems.
Building resilient and sustainable irrigation for food security in Nepal
A new initiative will monitor groundwater and will provide a framework for sustainable irrigation practices.
New project to recharge aquifers and cut water use in agriculture by 30 percent
Over 700,000 people will benefit from the Aguas Firmes project, which will facilitate the adoption of sustainable intensification practices on more than 4,000 hectares, through a partnership with Grupo Modelo and GIZ.
Reduced cropping intensity in India
Source: Rural 21 (1 Apr 2021)
Providing canal irrigation as a substitute irrigation source will likely not be enough to maintain current production levels.
Groundwater depletion in India could reduce winter cropped acreage significantly in years ahead
Switch to irrigation canals will not fully compensate for the expected loss of groundwater in Indian agriculture, new study concludes.
Are solar powered irrigation systems scalable?
New compendium analyzes existing pilot initiatives across different agro-climatic zones in India.