Project final report

Sustainable intensification of maize legume cropping systems for food security in eastern and southern Africa II (SIMLESA II) - final report

Date released
28 April 2020
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Paswel Marenya


This program aimed to create more productive, resilient, profitable and sustainable maize-legume farming systems that overcome food insecurity and help reverse soil decline, particularly in the context of climate risk and change.

The SIMLESA program was established in 2010. Funded by ACIAR, the ultimate goal was to sustainably increase the productivity of selected maize-based farming systems by 30% from the 2009 average by the year 2023 in each target country in eastern and southern Africa, and at the same time reduce seasonal down-side production risks by 30%.

After successful implementation of the first phase (2010-2013), the program was extended for four years (2014-2018) with an increased focus on up-scaling sustainable intensification technologies that the first phase initiated and tested. The second phase also focused on crop livestock interactions for maximum benefit to the farmer.

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