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Economic impacts

SIMLESA has brought increased use of CA-based sustainable intensification options technology in communities which have also led to evident reduction of production costs and increased crop productivity per unit area especially and dietary diversification in farm households where maize and legumes are intercropped.

For example, there was an increase in maize and legume production in Tanzania and reduction in labor by 50%. Maize and legume intercropping has also led to reduced risk in the event of moisture stress, provision of both carbohydrates and proteins to households as well as improved soil fertility in the long run through crop residue retention. The use of crop residues to improve soil fertility has led to the reduction in expensive fertilizer use. The program has also led to the breeding of area specific maize and legume seeds thereby leading to less drought risk and pests and reduced yields. If this momentum could be maintained, the program will enhance income, food and nutritional security through science and partnerships.