Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Farm size is the most important factor that derives farmers’ willingness to pay for laser land leveling services and gives guidance on the market potential for the private sector and government programs to ensure inclusive access to this technology.
Soil Management and Water Management
Soil Management and Water ManagementSEE LESS
Nepal and India
Nepal and IndiaSEE LESS
Lives Impacted to Date
Countries Implemented In
Farmers who have uneven fields suffer from patchy irrigation application and higher water costs, with negative effects on crop yields, energy use, and profitability.
Ensuring uniform fields
Field crop farmers- with strong benefits in rice (all)
Farmers’ fields in much of the Indo-Gangetic Plains of South Asia are typically uneven. This poses a significant management challenge to agronomic management where flood irrigation is applied. If fields are not level, the water and associated energy required to irrigate are significantly higher. Laser land leveling is an advanced technology that offers a 'fail safe' and efficient approach to ensuring field uniformity. Significant gains in profitability (ca. $150 per hectare per year) are achievable in rice-wheat systems through a combination of cost-savings and higher yields.
Leveling with local implements is typically ineffective, and farmers can increasingly access leveling through affordable fee-for-service models
The Team Behind the Innovation
The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) is led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and implemented by a team of scientists and change-makers with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Operating across South Asia, CSISA works to increase the adoption of resource-conserving and climate-resilient technologies and improves farmers’ access to markets and enterprise development.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN