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Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for the Eastern Province of Zambia (SIMLEZA). Implementing Partners: CIMMYT/IITA (lead institutions) ZARI, TLC, UNZA, MAL Key Stakeholders: DAOs, IP-members (governmental, private sector, research, NGOs) Coverage: Eastern Province

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Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for the Eastern Province of Zambia (SIMLEZA)


Implementing Partners:

  • CIMMYT/IITA (lead institutions)

  • ZARI, TLC, UNZA, MAL

  • Key Stakeholders: DAOs, IP-members (governmental, private sector, research, NGOs)

  • Coverage: Eastern Province

  • Start date: September, 2011

  • Completion date: September 30, 2015


  • Purpose / Goals

  • Productivity focus: Maize-legume systems agronomy and seed systems

  • Nutrition focus: Soya processing and utilization

  • Capacity building: NARS, NGOs seed companies and farmers


SIMLEZA Objectives

  • To enhance technology targeting and delivery of input and output markets through value chains.

  • To facilitate adoption and adaptation of productive, resilient and sustainable agronomic practices for maize- legume cropping systems.

  • To improve diet diversification through soybean use at the household

  • To increase the number of maize and legume varieties adapted to small scale farm conditions

  • To enhance the capacity of national partners.


  • On-farm activities

  • Chipata District: Chanje, Kapara and Mtaya camps

  • Katete District: Kafumbwe and Kawalala camps

  • Lundazi District: Hoya and Vuu camps

  • On-station activities

  • Msekera, GART, Kabwe, Misamfu

  • Harare

  • Expansion

  • Scale up to additional camps

SIMLEZA Project Sites


Objective 1: Enhancing technology targeting and delivery for the poor


Summary of activities

  • Baseline survey report finalized & results shared with other objectives and partners.

  • Identification and mapping of seed, fertilizer and output value chain actors for legumes and maize (draft report completed).

  • Survey instrument for the monitoring adoption of new technologies developed.

  • Performance monitoring plan indicators identified

  • Economic analysis of on-farm trials training of partners


Key achievements

Characterization of the farming system based on major biophysical factors

Opportunities and constraints to maize –legume intensification in Eastern Province identified (Baseline & Value chain report)

A comprehensive adoption monitoring survey instrument developed

21 partners (19 men & 2 women) trained on basic economic principal for analyzing on-farm trials


Key achievements- Maize Production in Eastern province - 2009/10


Key achievements- Groundnuts Production in Eastern province - 2009/10


Objective 2: Cropping Systems Agronomy


Agronomy and Innovation Platforms

  • Summary of activities

  • Implementation of CA trials in seven target communities

  • Implementation of on-station CA trials at Msekera Research Station

  • Facilitate the formation of Innovation Platforms (IP’s) in each project district

Key achievements to date

  • 56 CA validation trials planted and evaluated

  • One long term CA-trial, 1 weed management and 1 residue level trials established at Msekera

  • IP workshops conducted with stakeholders


Manual CA validation trials

Hand hoe planter

(to be introduced in 2013/14)

Dibble stick


Manual CA validation trials

Maize crop in Dibble stick CA trials

(Mtaya camp, 2011/12 season)


Animal traction CA trials

Animal drawn direct seeding

Animal drawn ripping


Animal traction CA trials

Maize and soyabean crops in ripped CA trials

(Kawalala camp, 2012/13 season)


On-station CA validation trials

(Msekera Research Station)


Current CA research portfolio


Long Term CA Trial

Crops

Treatments

  • Maize, cowpea & soyabeans

  • Ridge & furrow

  • Mouldbordploughing

  • Planting basins

  • Dibblestick

  • Direct seeding

  • Crop rotation & intercropping

Measurements

  • Soil quality

  • Soil water dynamics

  • Crop yields

  • Weed dynamics

  • Pests & diseases


Weed management Trial

Crop & Tillage system

Treatments

  • Maize

  • Ripper

  • Manual weeding

  • Glyphosate + manual weeding

  • Glyphosate (seeding) +

  • Glyphosate (post-e) + manual

  • Glyphosate + Atrazine

  • Atrazine + manual

  • Dual + Atrazine + manual

  • Dual + manual

  • Glyphosate + Atrazine + Dual

Measurements

  • Weed dynamics

  • Crop yields

  • Pests & diseases


Crop Residue Level Trial

Crop & Tillage system:

Treatments:

  • Maize

  • Ripper

  • Conventional tillage

  • No-tillage, 0 t/ha residues

  • No-tillage, 2 t/ha residues

  • No-tillage, 4 t/ha residues

  • No-tillage, 6 t/ha residues

  • No-tillage, 8 t/ha residues

Measurements:

  • Weed dynamics

  • Crop yields

  • Pests & diseases


Objective 4: To increase the number of maize and legume varieties adapted to small scale farm conditions


Summary of activities

  • On-farm PVS to identify farmer-preferred maize, soybean and cowpea varieties

  • On-station maize, soybean and cowpea variety trials

  • On-station and on-farm multiplication of legume and maize seeds


Key achievements to date

  • In six communities 11 soybean and 8 cowpea variety trials established and evaluated by farmers

  • Nine on-farm trials and four on-station maize trials established

  • Two legume and six maize varieties submitted for release

  • Seed increase of promising maize and legume varieties

  • Soybean and cowpea variety trials conducted at three stations

  • Community-based seed production established


Enhancing Capacity Building

Training activities


Pre- & in-season training of partners


Capacity building & Out-scaling

  • Farmer-to-farmer exchange visits

  • Field tours

  • Field days

  • Radio & Television programmes

  • Newspaper publications


Farmer-to-farmer exchange visits

SIMLEZA farmers visiting Kayowozi camp, Chipata district

(February 2013)


Mobilization of other farmers

Radio & TV

programs

Field tours


Number of farmers who attended field days


Planning and Evaluation meeting (October 2012)

Results shared with stakeholders

Work-plans for 2012/13 season

developed


Thank you


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