Stage 5: Scaling
CSISA has facilitated the emergence of ZT machinery service providers, attributable to CSISA’s focused support to small entrepreneurs who are driving expansion, as well as market facilitation role by linking machinery importers with local traders.
Cultivation & Tools, Soil Management and Water Management
Cultivation & Tools, Soil Management and Water ManagementSEE LESS
India and Nepal
India and NepalSEE LESS
Lives Impacted to Date
Countries Implemented In
High costs of cultivation and inefficient resource use
All wheat farmers
Across South Asia and as a first entry point for 'conservation agriculture' based crop establishment, CSISA has worked to refine, evaluate, and scale zero tillage technologies for several staple crops, with special attention given to wheat. Research results consistently demonstrate that zero-till wheat yields about 0.5 tons per hectare more while reducing production costs by up to 45% when implemented through service providers. In Nepal, CSISA is working with machinery importers and service providers to increase access to this proven technology.
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