The Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) is a non-profit research institute dedicated to the improvement of food security and reduction of hunger in India. BISA is a collaborative effort between the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), The Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR), and the Government of India. The objective of BISA is to harness the latest technology in agriculture to improve farming productivity and sustainably meet the demands of the future. BISA is more than an institute. It is a commitment to the people of India, a dedication to the farmers of India, and a concerted effort to catalyze a second Green Revolution.
"Farmers need to be more involved in developing and refining technology". This was one of the key conclusions of a technology working group comprised of leading Asian scientists, representatives of farmer groups and entrepreneurs who met during “The 50 Pact,” an international conference jointly organized by the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to celebrate 50 years of Dr. Norman Borlaug’s first visit to India.
In Matiyala, a village in the Ghaziabad district, 35 km from Delhi, India, Sharanjit Singh Gill has been working with CIMMYT scientists to incorporate conservation agriculture practices on his farm. In addition to rice, Sharanjit Singh Gill also plants wheat, practices crop rotation with legumes (Sesbania), and raises livestock including cows and buffalo.