Project Details

Sustainable intensification of maize-legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA)

Duration: 01/Jan/2010 - 31/Dec/2013

Locations: Ethiopia / Kenya / Tanzania / Malawi / Mozambique / South Africa / Uganda / Australia / Eastern and Southern Africa

Project contact: Said N Silim

Donor: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)-Mexico

CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes

This project aims to increase food security and incomes at household and regional levels along with economic development in eastern and southern Africa through improved productivity from more resilient and sustainable maize-based farming systems. The overall objective is to sustainably increase the productivity of selected maize-legume systems in eastern and southern Africa by 30% from the 2009 average for each target country by 2020 and at the same time reduce seasonal downside risks by 30%. The strategy for the research-for-development process will emphasize leveraging science and technology using evidence from existing state-of-the-art projects. This is intended to enhance the process of evaluation, adaptation and delivery of value-adding profitable production options to smallholders that are linked to market opportunities.

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