Understanding the movement of maize and legumes along the value chain.
The results presented in this brief, demonstrates the efficacy of the demonstration approach to agriculture extension.
An evaluation of key agricultural output markets in Ethiopia and Kenya to determine the neccesity of value chains.
Here the Liganwa Farmers’ Group are showcasing their crops of maize that have been grown using a new approach that has seen some farmers more than triple their yields even though they’re spending less time in the field.
This 15-minute video provides insights into the SIMLESA multi-partner initiative being implemented in five African countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania
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.
This video presents the outcomes of the SIMLESA project, featuring interviews with women and men farmers and scientists from four of the seven SIMLESA partner countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
This four-minute overview video describes in brief, the activities of the SIMLESA project. Its approach to smallholder farming is transforming maize-legume crop production in Eastern and Southern Africa. The project is helping smallholder, maize-based farmers double or quadruple their yields and income through good agricultural practices.
Researchers from CIMMYT’s Sustainable Intensification of Maize and Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) meet recently at the Second African Congress on Conservation Agriculture in Johannesburg to discuss conservation agriculture systems as the sustainable basis for regional food security. This video provides background on the project which is now in its ninth year.
This video on SIMLESA project highlights the importance of gender equity and social inclusion to achieving project impacts and outcomes, helping to drive transformative change towards securing a food secure future for Africa. Case studies and interviews with women and men farmers – including young people – detail how SIMLESA’s approach has re-shaped their maize-based farming lives.
SIMLESA, in collaboration with other programs, facilitated the release of 40 new maize varieties. ... Many of which were specifically selected for their drought tolerance and some of which were selected for their phenotypic characteristics suitable for maize-legume intercropping in conservation agriculture systems.
Considering the importance of legume in food security and plant based protein nutrition of many families,... SIMLESA co-sponsored participatory varietal selections (PVSs) sessions involving 378 legume varieties. A total of 64 varieties across the five program countries positively met PVS team’s criteria and therefore were acceptable for official release.
Toward the end of 2016, the program managed to competitively select 19 partners ...to drive the scaling out initiatives under the Competitive Grants Scheme (CGS).
A total of 58 Innovation Platforms were established to assist in scaling out ...of Sustainable agricultural intensification (SAI) technologies and viable marketing of agricultural produce for maximum benefits.
A regional policy summit was held in October 2015 which resulted in the signing of a Ministerial Cummunique by five countries... (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda) committing to the mainstreaming of SIMLESA resultsin their countries' agricultural policies.
The project has been determined to reach out to the policy community with the publication and dissemination of more than 57 policy briefs....These have been variously disseminated at project annual meetings, other gatherings and also be found on this page.