Stage 4: Transition to Scale
CSISA conducted a user perception survey. Results are promising and an increasing number of farmers are now purchasing spreaders that are pro-actively stocked by machinery equipment dealers in the Terai.
Cultivation & Tools and Soil Management
Cultivation & Tools and Soil ManagementSEE LESS
Lives Impacted to Date
Poor distribution of fertilizer leading to low efficiency and lower yields
Making precision fertilizer application accessible to smallholders with simple tools
All staple crop producers who currently hand-broadcast fertilizer
Fertilizer broadcasting by hand is common across South Asia, and results in high levels of in-field variability that erodes yields, yield stability, and profitability. CSISA has introduced a low-cost ($35 USD) and hand-operated precision broadcaster that is being evaluated and commercialized with private sector partners. The spreader dramatically reduces drudgery, can be operated and afford by smallholders (including women farmers), and significantly enhances precision, thereby making staple crop production more profitable and reliable.
Cost - alternatives are expensive and beyond the reach of smallholders.
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