Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA)

The Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) was established in 2009 to support national and regional efforts to improve cereal production growth in South Asia’s most important grain baskets. Operating in rural hubs in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal, CSISA involves more than 300 public, civil society, and private sector partners in the development and dissemination of improved cropping systems, resource-conserving management technologies, new rice, wheat and maize varieties and hybrids, livestock feed supply chains, improved policies and markets, and public-private delivery systems.

IFPRI is responsible for carrying out the policy research agenda of CSISA. CSISA's policy research agenda seeks to promote evidence-based policy reforms to strengthen the institutions and markets required for sustained adoption of sustainable intensification technologies and practices at scale in the region’s most risk-prone geographies. The policy agenda specifically focuses on generating evidence, providing policy recommendations, and delivering technical assistance to key partners around four thematic areas central to national and sub-national agendas for sustainable intensification: seed systems and markets; scale-appropriate mechanization; soil fertility management and fertilizer markets; and agricultural risk management.