-CIMMYT.ORG SIMLESA has undertaken a multidisciplinary research approach bringing together sociologists, economists, agronomists and breeders to study how maize-legume conservation agriculture-based farming can best benefit farmers in Eastern and Southern Africa with promising results. Read more of this report here.
Learn of the constraints to adoption of SIMLESA technologies in high and low pontential areas in Mozambique.
An analysis of SIMLESA’s strategic approaches, constraints, level achievements and yield productivity in Malawi.
Results from testing CA-based technologies in 10 agro-ecological zones in 5 countries.
Challenges and opportunities identified and solved under SIMLESA in Tanzania.
Gender achievements achieved under SIMLESA phase I work and scaling out plans for gender AIPs mainstreaming.
Gender integration plans for achieving gender, nutrition- and climate smart-agriculture.
CA-based technologies have had the greatest impact on yield regardless of climate.
Presentation for policy lobbying for scaling out SIMLESA.
Country by country review for scaling out SIMLESA phase II work.
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.