By Gift Mashango and Mekuria Mulugetta
Phase II of the Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa project (SIMLESA) began 1-4 July with a series of planning meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. SIMLESA-II is a five-year project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).
Members of the project management committee (PMC) met on 1 July to ensure that management and implementing partners have a common understanding of project objectives, targets, milestones, indicators and the assignment of coordination responsibilities. The PMC includes Olaf Erenstein, director of the Socio-economics Program; Bruno Gérard, director of the Conservation Agriculture Program; Mekuria Mulugetta, SIMLESA project coordinator; Daniel Rodriguez of the Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation; and Peter Craufurd, SIMLESA strategy leader.