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The Sustainable Intensification of Maize and Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) program, developed by African and Australian stakeholders and managed by the International Center for the Improvement of Maize and Wheat (CIMMYT) with strong collaboration from National Agriculture Research Systems (NARS) and a wide range of private, NGO, University and public sector organizations, fits regional and national agricultural development priorities. It aims at increasing farm-level food security and productivity, in the context of climate risk and change. It will result in resilient, profitable and sustainable farming systems that overcome food insecurity for significant numbers of farm families.

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Recent News

  • Agriculture Ministers Support Policies to Achieve Africa’s Growth Potential

    Fifty people participated, including researchers from CIMMYT, national agricultural research systems (NARS), ACIAR, international and regional non-governmental organizations, farmer associations, and private companies.

  • SIMLESA Review Finds Many Successes and Major Challenges

    On 16-31 October 2015, the Sustainable Intensification of Maize and Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) project undertook a two-week long Mid-Term Review (MTR) of its agricultural research and development activities on station and on farm. SIMLESA undertook this review to assess project performance and recommend actions to refine activities. The last MTR was carried out in 2012.

  • Drought-tolerant maize to the rescue as hunger threatens 1.5 million in Zimbabwe

    According to the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations, nearly 1.5 million (16 percent) of Zimbabwe’s 14 million people are feared to go hungry at the height of the 2015–16 lean season – a 164 percent increase on the previous year(Hunger hits 1.5 million in Zimbabwe as maize production halves-WFP).

  • Empowering Women in Agriculture through SIMLESA

    CIMMYT’s Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume-based Cropping Systems for Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) project and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa hosted a five-day gender training workshop on 24-29 August in Pretoria, South Africa.

  • Trading tedium for technology to increase productivity, incomes for women farmers

    Thanks to the SIMLESA project, Angeline Odero and 2,000 other farmers in Boro Community in Siaya County, Western Kenya, received training in good agricultural practices focusing on the importance of using new technologies for weed-free crops and increased yields. Herbicide use has a ripple effect outcome as evidenced by the smallholder farmers’ fields - farmers have cleaner crops, less drudgery, better productivity, and higher incomes.

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Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA)

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
P.O. Box MP 163,
Mount Pleasant Harare, Zimbabwe
Phone numbers in Zimbabwe:
+263 (772) 465 211/212
Fax: +263 (4) 301 327