Stage 4: Transition to Scale
Mung bean cultivation has increased significantly and the government has prioritized mung bean as a green manure crop, providing subsidy for seed and irrigation costs to encourage farmers to take up mung bean cultivation.
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Lives Impacted to Date
Countries Implemented In
Uncultivated winter season fallow lands that limit cropping intensity, food availability and income generation for smallholder farmers.
Identifying a suitable crop with significant income and nutritional benefits.
Farmers in cultivating lands where fitting in a mung bean crop is possible.
Across most of the Indo-Gangetic plain that serves as the breadbasket of South Asia, double crop systems predominate that leave a period of fallow during the hot and largely dry period before the arrival of monsoon rains. CSISA has worked to introduce mung bean cultivation into this fallow period to increase cropping intensity. Mung bean serves as a source of income and contributes quality protein for household nutrition. Research has focused on suitable varieties and water management strategies to fit into different cropping patterns with profitability gains of up to $1,000 per hectare through addition of this crop.
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