560,000 farmers in the Great Lakes region of East and Central Africa have been lifted out of poverty. This is partly due to 10 years of research, capacity building, and networking activities of the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) that has seen over 25 innovative agricultural technologies developed and disseminated. The achievement was celebrated during CIALCA’s 10th anniversary held alongside the 7th African Agriculture Science Week organized by the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA), 13–16 June.
“A lot of technologies have come out of CIALCA’s research-for-development efforts, which have been widely disseminated and adopted by our smallholder farmers to improve their food security, nutrition, and incomes” said Geraldine Mukeshimana, Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources.
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium in Rwanda, His Excellency Arnout Pauwels praised CIALCA for supporting the national agricultural systems in the three countries to engage in dialog and share lessons learned in addressing their common agricultural challenges with each other and other national and international partners.
“The great partnerships and networks created at the local, national, and regional levels have been instrumental in the success of CIALCA”, said the Ambassador.