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Updates from SIMLESA-The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa(www.simlesa.cimmyt.org)
- SIMLESA has been running for 9 years.
- It is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
- Implemented in seven countries in Eastern and southern Africa under the coordination of CIMMYT together with more than 10 national and international institutions.
- SIMLESA brings together farmers, scientists, government officials, extension experts and agribusinesses in an international Africa-Australia collaboration to promote sustainable intensification based on conservation agriculture.
Did you know?
SIMLESA has led to reduction of production costs and increased productivity and dietary diversity in farm households and communities. This economic change is thanks to the introduction and use of Conservation Agriculture(CA) based sustainable intensification technology options like maize and legumes inter-cropping.
- Watch this video in which SIMLESA farmers from the Western region of Kenya are celebrating increased productivity and enormous maize and beans yield gains after adopting the CA-based technologies.
- Read this article to learn how the Uganda’s National Agricultural Research Organization has recommended the adoption and mainstreaming of Conservation Agriculture for increased productivity for small holder farmers
- In this article SIMLESA scientists are recommending the adoption of conservation agriculture for sustainable intensification technologies to help farmers increase maize and legume yields in Tanzania.