The process used by SIMLESA has been built around adaptive research conducted at experimental stations but replicated in local communities. By involving more agricultural value chain partners in demonstrations SIMLESA was able to promote conservation farming practices further faster and harness buy-in.
Through participatory research and development with farmers, extension agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities and agribusinesses along the value chains, the SIMLESA program has significantly contributed to the generation and adoption of user-preferred maize and legume varieties …
and has provided information and knowledge that improve system productivity and profitability of target farming systems – improving maize and legume productivity and reducing expected yield risk throughout the region.
The program focused also focused on institutional innovations in relation to maize-legume production systems. In turn, it was envisaged that these will make significant measurable positive changes in the livelihoods of all categories of smallholder farmers. Some of these achievements can be summarized as follows: