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  • Empowering small and marginal farmers of Odisha through collaborative initiatives
    by nchodon on July 6, 2022 at 11:08 am

    In Odisha (Bargarh, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, and Puri), CSISA-IRRI, in collaboration with the Govt. of Odisha, is working on the “DSR-Odisha project.” The project aims to increase Agri-productivity, ensure socio-economic and environmental sustainability, and improve the state’s smallholder farmers’ profitability from rice-based […]

  • JEEViKA (Bihar Rural Livelihood Mission) and CSISA Kharif planning meet
    by nchodon on July 6, 2022 at 10:01 am

    JEEVIKA and CSISA work closely in Bihar to ensure inclusive agri-research and food systems, particularly for women farmers. On May 26th, a state-level planning meeting with JEEViKA was organized by CSISA in  Patna to discuss Kharif preparations.  Ms. Sugandha Munshi, Gender Lead CSISA, and Shri Anil Kumar, Program Manager JEEViKA, set the agenda […]

  • Interaction with stakeholders to scale mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice (DSR) in Odisha
    by nchodon on July 6, 2022 at 7:21 am

    On June 16, an interactive meeting, was organized under IRRI-GoO-DSR-Odisha and CSISA project with all stakeholders to scale mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice (DSR) and rabi season pulses & oilseeds in Odisha” in Bhubaneswar. The meeting helped explore the scaling pathways for mechanized/precision direct-seeded rice in the Kharif […]

  • Field Day cum Travelling Seminar on DSR at Gazipur, Eastern UP
    by nchodon on July 6, 2022 at 5:08 am

    Seeing is believing! Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asai (CSISA) has been conducting exposure visits for farmers to different technologies, practices, and demonstration sites. On 8th June 2022, CSISA and KVK Gazipur organized a field day cum traveling seminar on DSR for service providers (SPs) and the farmers of Bihar. The participants were […]

  • Convergence Platform for blending research and extension initiatives in the EIGP
    by nchodon on July 5, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Agricultural Technology Adoption Research Institutes (ATARIs) from Kanpur and Patna organized state-level “Convergence Platforms” meetings on 29th May in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and 17th June in Patna, Bihar. Convergence Platform (CP), an initiative encouraged by CSISA following the success in Bihar, is a collaborative platform with all […]

  • EoI for Nepal: CSISA-COVID Response
    by ccarmona on June 6, 2022 at 10:09 am

    The CSISA-COVID Response and Resilience Activity-Objective III is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from private companies engaged in agricultural mechanization (repairing, distributing and manufacturing) to partner with the project. The project anticipates signing agreements with one or more successful partner(s), subject to alignment with […]

  • Mechanized Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) hands-on training of JEEViKA officials by CSISA – ISARC
    by nchodon on May 31, 2022 at 9:34 am

    CSISA project in partnership with JEEViKA supports an inclusive extension system in Bihar to empower woman farmers COVID 19 has pushed 548 million people below the poverty line, most living in rural areas. The agricultural systems, as a result, have more people depending on them for livelihoods and food security. The role of the extension

  • CSISA-COVID Response Activity signs an agreement with Mega Bank in Nepal
    by ccarmona on May 25, 2022 at 10:50 am

    The CSISA COVID-19 Response and Resilience Activity has signed an agreement with Mega Bank Nepal Ltd. to facilitate access to finance by promoting digital banking for smallholder farmers. A brief agreement signing ceremony was organized on May 6th, 2022, at the corporate office of Mega Bank Nepal Ltd, Kamaladi, Kathmandu.

  • EoI for Nepal: CSISA-COVID Response
    by ccarmona on May 6, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    The CSISA-COVID Response and Resilience Activity-Objective III is seeking Expressions of Interests (EOI) from private companies engaged in agricultural mechanization (repairing, distributing and manufacturing) to partner with the project. The project anticipates signing agreements with one or more successful partner(s), subject to alignment with […]

  • Public harvesting sets the agenda for early sowing and timely sown wheat varieties in Bihar
    by nchodon on May 6, 2022 at 7:36 am

    Through sustained efforts, the CSISA-KVK network successfully promotes the adoption of Early wheat sowing (EWS) by smallholder farmers in the EIGP (Eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains) A Public Harvesting event was jointly organized by the KVK Saraiya and Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) in Sakari Chandpura village, Bandra block of […]

  • Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during April 2022
    by lmsuresh on March 2, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    By Dr. Suresh,L.M. (2nd,March, 2022):  The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2022 at the beginning of April 2022 and in other four intervals, interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize […]

  • Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during January 2022
    by lmsuresh on December 8, 2021 at 5:49 am

    By Dr. Suresh, L.M.: The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2022 at the beginning of January 2022 and in other four intervals, interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize germplasm for […]

  • Visit of partners, farmers and key stakeholders to MLN screening facility, Naivasha, Kenya
    by lmsuresh on November 22, 2021 at 11:10 am

    a). County extension officers and lead farmers visit the regional MLN screening unit at Naivasha: Fourty county extension officers and lead farmers from Uasin Gishu county and Tana River county and 5 KALRO facilitators visited the MLN screening unit at Naivasha on 27th October 2021. They were taken round by Mr. Wilson Njenga and Mr.

  • MAIZE PARTNERS ANNOUNCE A NEW MANUAL FOR EFFECTIVELY MANAGING MAIZE LETHAL NECROSIS (MLN) DISEASE
    by lmsuresh on November 2, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Dr. Suresh,L.M. (November, 2021): For a decade, scientists at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) have been at the forefront of a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional effort to contain and effectively manage maize lethal necrosis (MLN) disease in Africa. When the disease was first reported in Kenya 2011 it spread […]

  • Third screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during October 2021
    by lmsuresh on September 22, 2021 at 7:27 am

    By Dr. Suresh, L.M. (September, 2021) :  The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin the third interval of its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2021 at the beginning of October 2021. Interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize […]

  • How do we sustainably manage transboundary diseases and crop pests?
    by lmsuresh on May 26, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    CGIAR webinar examined the technological, sustainability and social implications of integrated approaches.   By Madeline Dahm March 25, 2021   In our hyper-connected world, it should come as no surprise that recent years have shown a major uptick in the spread of transboundary pests and diseases. Integrated approaches have been effective in […]

  • Second screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during April 2021
    by lmsuresh on March 16, 2021 at 10:07 am

    By Dr. Suresh, L.M.:  The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin the second interval of its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2021 at the beginning of April 2021. Interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize germplasm for screening. […]

  • Screening cycle for deadly MLN virus set to begin in Kenya during January 2021
    by lmsuresh on December 3, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    By Dr. Suresh, L.M.: The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2021 at the beginning of January 2021 and in other four intervals, interested organizations from both the private and public sectors are invited to send maize germplasm for […]

  • Maize lethal necrosis (MLN): Efforts toward containing the spread and impact of a devastating transboundary disease in sub-Saharan Africa
    by lmsuresh on September 25, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Highlights Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) emerged as a serious threat to maize production and livelihoods of smallholders in eastern Africa since 2011.        An intensive multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional strategy is being implemented to curb the spread of MLN in sub-Saharan Africa, and mitigate the impact of the disease. Intensive […]

  • 2020 screening cycle for deadly MLN virus in Kenya – November Planting
    by lmsuresh on September 25, 2020 at 7:55 am

      International Year of Plant Health 2020 Dr. Suresh, L.M. (CIMMYT) September 25: The maize lethal necrosis (MLN) artificial inoculation screening site in Naivasha, Kenya will begin the fifth interval of its phenotyping (screening/ indexing) cycle of 2020 at the beginning of November 2020. Interested organizations from both the private and public […]

  • Latest STMA Bulletin is out
    on May 14, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Read the latest news from the just concluded Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) initiative. This issue highlights the impact the project has had on farmers in sub-Saharan Africa, how it has helped build resilience of Africa’s smallholder farmers and how the improved maize varieties will enable partners to reach farmers on time to plant

  • List of STMA supported publications for sub-Saharan Africa for 2019
    on May 14, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Amondo, E., Simtowe, F., Rahut, D.B., Erenstein, O., 2019. Productivity and production risk effects of adopting drought-tolerant maize varieties in Zambia. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 11, 570-591. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCCSM-03-2018-0024 Awata, L. A. O., Ifie, B. E., Tongoona, P., Danquah, E., Jumbo, M. B., […]

  • Seeing is believing: demo farms accelerate adoption of stress tolerant maize
    on February 19, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Joshua Masinde Over 400 farmers from Manyatta in Embu County were on February 7, 2020, invited to a demonstration farm to witness the performance of various high yielding, early to medium maturing, drought tolerant maize varieties. Such occasions aim to encourage them to adopt varieties whose traits they preferred the most. They were invited by

  • Latest STMA Bulletin is out
    on January 16, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Read the latest news from the Stress Tolerant Maize for Africa (STMA) initiative. This issue highlights stories on how stress tolerant maize is improving the lives of smallholder farmers in northern Uganda, after a two-decade civil war; why stress tolerant maize varieties are good for Africa and how CIMMYT and its partners are making systems

  • Street theater amplifies need for stress tolerant maize varieties
    on January 7, 2020 at 9:33 am

    The Stress Tolerant Maize in Africa (STMA) project team in Nigeria used street theater to drum up messages on how to mitigate stresses affecting maize production in the country. The messages targeted mainly the youth, informing them that with the right stress-resilient seed varieties and the application of recommended agronomic practices, they can […]

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