During the design phase, the program set targets and adoption pathways to achieve scaling out processes in terms of the number of research communities covered, number of farmers reached out and the number of adopters (these being the farmers who have learned, embraced and started practising sustainable intensification technologies).
focus on generating Community impacts
The program managed to achieve cumulative of 235,422 farmers. As a result, SIMLESA has led to increased uptake of CA technologies both at community and household level though acknowledging that in some cases farmers were not taking the whole CA package. Participating farmers have given testimonies of better nutrition from legumes, improved soil fertility from residue utilization. For example, the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM), is using SIMLESA scaling-out approaches to reach out farmers beyond SIMLESA operational areas and spreading out the community benefits. The SIMLESA Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning system has devised mechanisms of investigating and documenting this multiplier effect and report the actual figures brought about by this NGO innovation.