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New research by scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Wageningen University, reveals that cavies are important for meat consumption, especially for children, and offer opportunity to generate petty cash and manure for crop production in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Entitled “Micro-livestock in smallholder farming systems: the role, challenges […]

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Since November 2018, the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA), led by International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), is testing different nutrient combinations to develop decision support tools for cassava fertilization within different agroecological zones in Rwanda. To generate the data that are required to develop these tools, Nutrient Omission Trials (NOTs) […]

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Improving food and nutrition security and developing climate resilient and profitable agriculture were discussed at the mid-term review meeting of the Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA). The three-day meeting was held in Kigali, Rwanda between 29 October and 1 November 2019. CIALCA operates in Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of […]

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The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) has prioritized innovation and scaling as one of its key Pillars. In this perspective, CIALCA is closely supporting the development of a digital tool for surveillance and control of Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) in Rwanda as part of a GIZ-funded project called ICT4BXW. “ICT4BXW builds […]

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CIALCA aims to strengthen the capacity of national scientists and practitioners to facilitate sustainable agri-food system transformation. To do so, CIALCA understands that scientists and practitioners need access to and understanding of innovative digital technologies, to empower research and decision-making. Between 4-5 September 2019, 20 CIALCA scientists, researcher, PhD students, and partners from Burundi, DR […]

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CIALCA has published its Annual Report over 2018. Only 1,5 years into the current CIALCA phase, CIALCA is happy to report good progress. The consortium entered into several co-investment agreements with scaling partners such as One Acre Fund in Rwanda (serving approx. 265,000 farmers) and the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in Burundi. Also, we identified 4 new PhD […]

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Smallholder farmers across Rwanda are highly diverse, requiring a nuanced approach in providing assistance and support programs. Understanding this diversity may provide the first step in the development of tailored and targeted interventions for these farmers. Investigating farm and household diversity may also provide insights into the adoption of modernised and entrepreneurial agricultural activities across […]

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The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) organized a training workshop on integrating gender and nutrition in agricultural research for development (AR4D), in Kigali, from January 23 -25.The group of thirty participants was very diverse and included 12 women & 18 men from 12 countries; newly starting CIALCA PhD candidates and on-going PhD candidates; […]

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