Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Unit is one of the critical components of the SIMLESA Program Management team. Before June 2015, when SIMLESA internalized the administration of MEL issues through the recruitment of a Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist, ASARECA was responsible for SIMLESA monitoring and evaluation activities.
The recruitment of the MEL Specialist saw the generation of a comprehensive MEL Framework and the creation of an Indicator Tracking System feeding into a database. The MEL Unit has continued to keep track of program performance across the SIMLESA countries, updating indicators in the Indicator Tracking System as well as updating figures in the database.
There has been more participation in MEL activities at country level since the internalization of SIMLESA MEL which has witnessed capacity building at that level.

SIMLESA continued to perform a number of activities in CA-based sustainable intensification which the MEL desk has kept tracking overtime. Acknowledging that the program is less than two years before its conclusion, the MEL desk has now focused more to check the effects of these activities on the communities. The following are some of the outcomes which have been witnessed at country level:

  • In Ethiopia – Bako area (Western Ethiopia) maize CA in December 2016, was on average 10.1 tons per hectare while hybrids soybean under CA was 2.4 tons per hectare. In southern region: Maize was 5.24 tons per hectare and beans 2.72 tons per hectare while in Central Rift Valley maize yield on farm: 3.69 tons per hectare both hybrid and open pollinated; common beans was 2.08 tons per hectare. This shows some significant improvement in maize productivity in SIMLESA sites compared to the average baseline productivity of around 2 tons per hectare.

  • Selection of best bet options through exploratory trials has led to increase in crop yield. For example, in Kenya maize grain yield increased from 0.4 tons per hectare in 2010 to about 4.0 tons per hectare at the end of 2015. At the same time, the sole bean yield increased from 0.2 tons per hectare in 2010 to over 2.0 tons per hectare. The yield increase was attributed to improved field management after being exposed to SIMLESA sustainable intensification technologies.

  • In Tanzania, the results of exploratory trials showed an improvement of maize grain yield from 0.5 tons per hectare to about 2.5 to 4 tons per hectare and 1.5-3 tons per hectare legumes yields through drought-tolerant crops from practicing conservation agriculture to other farming practices. By adopting conservation agriculture, smallholder farmers benefited from reduced cost of production while saving on labor. Farmers have saved on time by 50% for other economic activities through adopting zero tillage.
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