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  • 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 […]

  • Convergence between DSR Odisha Project-CSISA-Mission Shakti and the Department of Agriculture empowering small and marginal farmers in Odisha
    by nchodon on May 6, 2022 at 5:38 am

    Background “Precision direct seeded rice based diversified systems for transforming labour requirement, yields and profitability of smallholder farmers in Odisha” in short “DSR-Odisha project” funded by Government of Odisha is being implemented by International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) since Rabi 2021-22 in collaboration with […]

  • IFPRI- CSISA launches primary survey to understand factors affecting farmer’s decisions for delayed planting of rice and wheat in Bihar, India
    by nchodon on May 6, 2022 at 4:41 am

    Background Late transplanting of paddy is common in the rice-wheat cropping systems of Bihar and its neighboring regions. The delay in paddy transplantation further leads to late sowing of wheat, exposing it to high temperatures during the crucial grain-filling stage resulting in low system productivity. This study will assess factors that […]

  • March 2022, CSISA regional meeting, held in ISARC-Varanasi, India
    by nchodon on April 25, 2022 at 8:23 am

    Participants from across the country and region at the meeting proposed ideas and committed to actions for scaling innovations supporting smallholder farmers and strengthening project partnerships in-country and in the region. On March (13 – 19), 2022, the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) project convened their regional – […]

  • Agricultural Mechanization in Bangladesh- The Future
    by mkhan on April 18, 2022 at 5:13 am

    A two-day workshop on “Agricultural Mechanization in Bangladesh-The Future” held on 21st and 22nd March 2022 by the USAID funded Feed the Future Bangladesh Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia- Mechanization and Extension Activity (CSISA-MEA), in collaboration with Bangladesh Agriculture University at Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka, […]

  • Being the change you wanted to see as a young girl
    by nchodon on March 30, 2022 at 5:26 am

    CSISA Agricultural scientist shares experience as the first woman in STEM in her family. In the traditional Indian society Madhulika Singh grew up in, girls choosing to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) was as radical as choosing a life partner on their own. “They say women hold up half the sky. I believe

  • 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 […]

  • Honorary Member award for Dr. R.K. Malik by WSSA
    by nchodon on February 24, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Dr. R.K. Malik named Honorary member by the Weed Science Society of America named. The WSSA award highlights Malik’s inspiring work in tackling herbicide resistance problems, first reported in India by his team in 1993. Malik was instrumental in developing a management solution for herbicide-resistant Phalaris minor, a pernicious weed in wheat […]

  • EoI for Bangladesh: CSISA-MEA
    by ccarmona on February 7, 2022 at 8:29 am

    CSISA-MEA is looking to work with agricultural machinery, inputs companies, financial institutions and agricultural businesses who are currently operating in, or looking to expand the business, in one or more of the 20 districts in the USAID Feed the Future Zone of Influence.

  • 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.

  • Farmer Anita Naik, from Dawn to Dusk
    by nchodon on November 8, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Over 70% of rural women in India are engaged in agriculture. Women carry out a large portion of farm work, as cultivators and agricultural laborers, but in most cases they are not even counted and recognized as farmers. Millions of Indian rural women also carry the burden of domestic work, a job that is undervalued

  • 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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