Borlaug Institute for South Asia

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  • Mission: To catalyse an international scientific effort towards improving food, nutrition and livelihood security in South Asia
  • Funding goal: $86 Million. Over the next decades, food security and economic development in South Asia will be drastically affected by climate change
  • The average rural person in India spends 50% of their income on food. Maize, rice, and wheat prices are predicted to double in the next 20 years

The Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) is a non-profit international research institute dedicated to food, nutrition and livelihood security as well as environmental rehabilitation in South Asia, which is home to more than 300 million undernourished people. BISA is a collaborative effort involving the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR). The objective of BISA is to harness the latest technology in agriculture to improve farm productivity and sustainably meet the demands of the future. BISA is more than an institute. It is a commitment to the people of South Asia, particularly to the farmers, and a concerted effort to catalyze a second Green Revolution.

Established on October 5, 2011 with R&D centers in the districts of Ludhiana (Punjab), Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) and Samastipur (Bihar), BISA is an institute built on the legacy of Dr Norman E Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution, the winner of Nobel Peace Prize (1970) and the recipient of the Government of India’s Padma Vibhushan (2006). Dr Martin J Kropff, DG CIMMYT INT is the Director General & the Chief Executive Authority of BISA, and Dr Arun K Joshi is the Managing Director of BISA. .

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BISA Newsletter

Quaterly Issue Volume : 1

Challenges Facing South Asia

In 1969, Borlaug predicted that the Green Revolution boost in food production could not last, and was only a reprieve for humanity to develop more sustainable systems and policies to manage its population growth and use of natural resources. Borlaug’s warning came true with the 2008 food crisis and the hungry surpassing one billion in 2009. Read more


The mandate of national organizations is generally focused within national borders, while international organizations tend to have overly broad mandates that keep them from developing localized expertise and deep contextual awareness. In isolation, both can be hindered from achieving their full impact. Enhanced regional cooperation across geographies, disciplines, institutions and economic sectors will speed up the pace of innovation and maximize the impact of existing efforts. Read more