Social Learning on Sustainable Agricultural Intensification: Perspectives from Sustainable Integrated Land Management Solutions (SILMS) project in Eastern Province, Zambia

In Zambia, SAIRLA has supported We-Effect to bring together a National Learning Alliance (NLA) – a network of stakeholders drawn from government, research and academia, private sector, farmer organisations, the media, non-governmental organisations and interested members of the public. The NLA is a platform for social learning around SAI research, best practices, and policy and investment processes. The NLA is organised around social learning themes; land equity, trade-offs – intensification vs extensification – and extension services. Each theme is led by a thematic group.

The trade-offs thematic group that prepared this report facilitated stakeholders to engage with evidence and tools on SAI using the case of Conservation Agriculture (CA) promoted by the Sustainable Integrated Land Management Solutions (SILMS) project – led by SNV in collaboration with a number of partners in Eastern Province (Katete and Lundazi Districts). An important reason for the NLA’s engagement with such programmes is to facilitate sharing of evidence and learning with a wider community, ultimately including policy makers, civil society organisations, donors and the private sector.

Sustainable Integrated Land Management Solutions (SILMS3) is a Euro 4.4 million project funded by Sida, implemented in two districts (Katete and Lundazi) in Eastern Province. SILMS uses a market-based approach to increase incomes for smallholder farmers through adoption of the sustainable land management practices of integrated soil fertility management (ISFM), agroforestry and deforestation-free supply chains.

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