SIMLESA to Share Lessons Learned, Experience Gained

SIMLESA will use some of the lessons learned in implementing its work in Phase I to improve on its activities in Phase II.

SIMLESA will use some of the lessons learned in implementing its work in Phase I to improve on its activities in Phase II.

By Johnson Siamachira

CIMMYT’s Sustainable Intensification of Maize‒Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) project held two workshops to extract, document and package key messages and lessons learned, as well as experiences gained from the first phase of the SIMLESA (2010‒2014). Using appropriate channels, these will be disseminated to wider audiences and partners under the guidance of CIMMYT’s Communication Team.

CIMMYT embarks on planning Meetings to kick-start Second Phase of SIMLESA

Participants at the Eastern (Kenya and Tanzania) SIMLESA 2 II launch and planning meeting in Arusha, Tanzania.

Participants at the Eastern (Kenya and Tanzania) SIMLESA 2 II launch and planning meeting in Arusha, Tanzania.

By Johnson Siamachira

From August to October 2014, CIMMYT held a series of SIMLESA planning and launch meetings in Malawi, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

The meetings were a follow-up to the launch of SIMLESA 2 held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July.

Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister praises SIMLESA achievments in Africa

In a plenary address closing the 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, held in Brisbane, Australia during 26-29 September 2011, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd singled out the impressive achievements of the initiative on Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) since its launch in early 2010. “This particular project is helping to develop drought and disease-tolerant maize and legume varieties and to educate farmers about new farming technologies in conservation in five African countries. In the first eighteen months of the program, we’ve helped train more than 150 agricultural researchers from Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania and trialed conservation agriculture in 215 fields owned by local farmers. It’s on track to reaching its target of increasing crop productivity of maize and legumes by 30% on around half a million African small farms within 10 years.” Complete text for this address may be found at: http://www.foreignminister.gov.au/speeches/2011/kr_sp_110929.html

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