SIMLESA, on the social dimension side, continues to improve family fabric through the hosting of exploratory trials which promote the participation of men, women and youths thereby making everyone strategic and important participant in household farming activities.
This is in line with the program design requirements where gender mainstreaming is at the core.The approach has also led to improved family cohesion giving women opportunities to contribute to household decision- making. The establishment of innovation platforms in the communities has created a sense of ownership of SIMLESA and assisted in demand driven research and development approach. Innovation platforms continue to be enablers for the sustainability of intensifications options beyond SIMLESA hence building their capacity remains crucial.
In terms of partnerships, SIMLESA Phase II has been well aligned and has benefited immensely from a number of past and current ACIAR-funded programs and initiatives.