Facilitator and Speakers
Mulugeta Mekuria, CIMMYT Southern Africa Regional Office
Menale Kassie, CIMMYT Kenya
Michael Misiko, CIMMYT-Kenya
Paswel Marenya, CIMMYT Ethiopia
Rehima Mussema, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
Isaiah Nyagumbo, CIMMYT Southern Africa Regional Office
The main goal of the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA) program is improving the productivity and food security of maize-based farming systems using conservation agriculture in sustainable intensification strategies. This session will present the key findings of research on the economic and environmental benefits of SI and its risk mitigation role; markets as drivers for scaling-up; agricultural innovation platforms for scaling-out, and the critical role of gender to enhance scaling-out SI options. A panel discussion will attempt to identify take home messages for policy applications.