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  • Training of CSISA trainers for technically backstopping forthcoming landscape diagnostic survey (LDS)
    by nchodon on September 6, 2022 at 7:27 am

    A Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for CSISA team members on LDS deployment was conducted by master trainers of CSISA. The new pool of CSISA’s master trainers will support forthcoming LDS by KVKs in the future. Madhulika Singh, Wasim Iftikar, Pardeep Sagwal, Umesh Yadav, and Nima Chodon participated in the training held on 28-30 August

  • CROP DIAGNOSTIC SURVEY UNDER RURAL AGRICULTURAL WORK EXPERIENCE (RAWE)
    by nchodon on September 6, 2022 at 7:19 am

    Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia project has initiated a capacity development program for final year students of B.Sc. (Agriculture) of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU). The vision for this initiative is to establish crop diagnostic surveys under Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE) as part of the course […]

  • Field day training for Weed Management in Rice
    by nchodon on September 6, 2022 at 7:10 am

    Weeds are pernicious and, if left uncontrolled, can lead to significant yield loss and reduce the quality of farm output. In paddy cultivation, weeds are widespread, and a variety of them are found in the fields. These weeds can be controlled by manual weeding by hand or using mechanical implements, or spraying herbicides. While manual

  • Expanding Mechanized/Precision Direct Seeded Rice in Odisha: A Success Story
    by nchodon on September 6, 2022 at 6:49 am

    The IRRI-GoO-DSR-Odisha project titled “Precision Direct-Seeded Rice-based Diversification Systems for Transforming Labour Requirement, Yields and Profitability of Smallholder Farmers in Odisha” aims to expand the practice of DSR to improve and optimize rice production practices in the state. Under this project, the IRRI-CSISA team works […]

  • Interstate Exposure visit to Andhra Pradesh under the DSR-Odisha project
    by nchodon on September 6, 2022 at 6:33 am

    A five-day “Interstate Exposure Visit of Lead Farmers & Potential Service Providers (SPs) from Odisha” was organized from 3-7 August 2022 under the IRRI-GoO-DSR-Odisha Project. This Direct Seeded Rice (DSR) project by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI-CSISA) with support from the Govt. of Odisha and implemented in close […]

  • PULSE CROPS DIAGNOSTIC SURVEY TO SUPPORT THEIR ADOPTION IN RICE-BASED CROPPING SYSTEM
    by nchodon on September 6, 2022 at 6:00 am

    A one-day meeting cum workshop was held at ICAR-IIPR (Indian Institute Pulses Research), Kanpur, on 24th June to understand the implementation of the pulse crops diagnostics survey to support their adoption in rice-based cropping system. The CSISA-KVK network led the workshop as part of its constant endeavor to introduce the concepts of […]

  • Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) project enters Phase 4.0
    by nchodon on September 2, 2022 at 9:04 am

    A renewed three-and-a-half-year commitment in India to strengthen gains made in mainstreaming innovations and agri-extension research in national systems, with emphasis on institutionalizing research delivery systems and cross-learning opportunities. To sustainably enhance cereal crop productivity and improve smallholder farmers’ livelihoods in […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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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