The Australian-funded SIMLESA research program underway in 11 African countries is helping farmers grow drought-tolerant and improved varieties of maize and legumes using conservation agriculture techniques.
The aim is to conserve soil moisture and save farmers’ time by reducing ploughing. Links between farmers and others in the supply chain are being strenghthened to help increase incomes.
SIMLESA is supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and is run by CIMMYT (the International Maize and Wheat Research Centre) in collaboration with national and regional agricultural agencies, with input from Australia.
This Crawford Fund film set in Tanzania was made by Sally Ingleton of 360 degrees films with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)