Improving livelihoods in Central Africa

  The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) is an innovative research-for-development partnership operating in Burundi, DR Congo and Rwanda, and supported by the Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD). Embedded within the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, CIALCA uses integrated systems research and unique collaboration platforms for better impact on poverty and eco-systems integrity. By building on 12 years of investments and partnership, CIALCA is able to jump-start activities and mobilize networks to boost farmers’ incomes from integrated systems intensification, while preserving their land for future generations. There is focus on value-chains and entrepreneurial farming, nutrition, natural resource improvement and the scaling of successful technologies and approaches.