Media Reports

The Media Reports consist of articles published by media houses and other organizations about SIMLESA from all the seven countries and partner organizations that implement this project.

Conservation Agriculture-based Sustainable Intensification (CASI) in agriculture extension will increase Agriculture Productivity – NARO

-Uganda Showbiz
Read about the conclusions at the Uganda SIMLESA policy forum during which potential policy actions for mainstreaming conservation agriculture practices were deliberated. The included strengthening extension delivery systems and development of multi-functional agricultural machinery and in skills development in the areas of fabrication, repair and maintenance of agricultural machinery...

Matokeo ya utafiti yaandikwe Kiswahili (Tanzania)

-ipp media
Changamoto kubwa iliyopo nchini Tanzania ni tabia ya watafiti wengi kupitia taasisi zao kuandika tafiti zao kwenye vitabu kwa lugha ya Kiingereza ambayo wakulima wengi hawaelewi lugha hiyo hasa wa vijijini.

New CASI Technology Set To Benefit Farmers in Tanzania

-Dailynews TZ
“CASI technology is officially launched, and from now on it should be used countrywide,” said Mr Bashungwa, adding that the government was sure it will bring huge changes in the agricultural sector because even if farmers use the same pieces of land, they will be sure of doubling their yields, but with shorter time and work because the technology makes use of simple machines such as power tiller. Read more on the predicted impact of CASI in the Tanzania...

Farmers, researchers and policy makers discuss how to scale up climate smart practices at the SIMLESA local policy forum in Malawi

Malawi is a predominantly agricultural country with a population of about 18 Million, of which, 80% live in the rural areas practicing subsistence farming. Rapid population growth and unsustainable farming practices have led to widespread land degradation, with 20 tons of soil lost per hectare every year...

Learn how SIMLESA’s work is among those contributing to gender sensitive agricultural research for development at CIMMYT…

Here at CIMMYT, women are involved in different disciplines. Learn how SIMLESA’s work is among this contributing to gender sensitive agricultural research for development at CIMMYT…

Policy forum in Mozambique recommends scaling sustainable agriculture practices

Smallholder agriculture mechanization reduced the amount of labor required for one hectare of land preparation, from 31 days to just 2 hours. This enabled timely farming activities and a maize yield increase of about 170 kg per hectare, reflecting an extra 3-4 months of household food security...

Tanzania loses Sh 222 bn yearly to drought

-The Citizen TZ
Tanzania is losing a staggering sh221.7 billion($96.6 million) a year due to drought affecting maize and legume yields, according to a recent study...

Conservation Agriculture Increasing Yields, Incomes.

With traditional farming practices, Makhanu says, his harvest was limited to six bags of maize, and less than one bag of beans. The CA-based techniques have increased his harvest to 30-35 bags of maize per acre, and he predicts yields increase as crop residues improves the organic matter in the soil...

Analysis: Food Security Project Supports Model Farmers In Ethiopia

Ermiyas has worked with SIMLESA as a model farmer for 7 years, training others in how to apply the sustainable CA practices. Ermiyas has been particularly active in teaching others how to produce feed crops to provide to livestock as an alternative to crop residue, as he feels this meets a need within the community...

Analysis: How Conservation Agriculture is Helping Ethiopian Farmers Become More Than Subsistence Farmers

Major factors limiting food production for smallholder farmers across sub-Saharan Africa include the depletion of soil fertility, soil erosion and periodic droughts due to climate change. In Ethiopia, (SIMLESA) project is working with farming households to help them apply ‘conservation agriculture’ (CA)-based practices. These techniques, have been found to simultaneously boost crop yields whilst enhancing soil health by increasing moisture levels, and reducing soil degradation...

Zero Tillage, Crop Residue Retention Practices TurnAfrican Farms Into Breadbaskets

-Africa Business Communities
Behind the Sustainable Intensification of Maize Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa, SIMLESA, project is the story of thousands of farmers who have transformed their lands and increased earnings...

'Merry-go-round' groups spin Kenyan women farmers to success

-Thomson Reuters Foundation News
Rural women can help one another grow more and better food by pooling their cash and sharing new farming methods. Read how SIMLESA has helped women farmers in Eastern Kenya...

Africa: Science Can Reverse 'New Normal' of Hunger and Climate Disaster

-All Africa
In 2017, climate and man-made disasters sent shockwaves across the world. For the first time in a decade, world hunger has also risen once more to affect an estimated 815 million people. Regions facing conflict in combination with the impact of droughts and floods fared the worst in parts of Africa and Asia. Read more on how scientific innovations are changing the story in Africa...

End of Eight-Year Project Leaves Farmers Ready to Tackle Climate Change in Africa

By mid-2017, SIMLESA had helped over 235,000 farming households adopt more sustainable practices to cope with the effects of climate change and declining soil fertility. “The work done by SIMLESA has yielded increasing farm-level food security and productivity, in the context of climate risk and change. Read more about the project's impact...

Video: Farmers and Scientists Celebrate SIMLESA Achievements

A new video highlights the outcomes and achievements of the SIMLESA project and it features interviews with farmers and scientists...

In a Variable Climate, Good Science Pays

-ACIAR Food Security and Poverty Reduction Magazines
Climate variability significantly affects cropping productivity around the world, but perhaps nowhere more so than in eastern and southern African countries. Responding to this critical situation, ACIAR’s work over the past eight years in the region has made impressive progress on food availability and nutrition. ACIAR supports SIMLESA program that is turning around the livelihoods of farmers faced with the stress of poor seasons...

With Multi-Sector Support For Climate-Sensitive Practices, African Farmers Can Boost Food Security and Resilience

One of the emerging paradigms of sustainable agriculture resilient to climatic changes is conservation agriculture The SIMLESA project 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 or

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