Improving Livelihoods


Improving Livelihoods

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, eastern DR Congo and Rwanda

The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) is led by IITA, Bioversity International and FAO/IAEA and has a 12 year legacy of conducting agricultural research for development in Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We are supported by the Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD).

Our 3 Pillars

Since its establishment in 2006, CIALCA has been operating along 3 integrated Pillars. They form the foundation of CIALCA and the basis for the success of CIALCA in the Great Lakes Region.


Partnerships and Policies

12 years of presence in the Central African Highlands has allowed CIALCA to develop a broad network of knowledge, policy and public and private scaling partners. Leveraging such networks, and bringing on board new partners facilitate having impact.


Capacity Development

CIALCA invests in developing individual and organizational capacity through MSc and PhD training with (inter)national universities. It also provides training to NARS and other partners on the use of innovative research approaches and diffusion of research outcomes.


Innovation and Scaling

Through its networks CIALCA has access to state-of-the-art ICT-based research approaches and tools. CIALCA conducts research to develop innovations and support their uptake and use to overcome livelihood challenges for farmers in Central Africa.


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