Integrated soil fertility management and coffee-banana intercropping in climate-smart agriculture

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Figure 1. Key building blocks of CIALCA’s integrated livelihood systems R4D.

The impacts of global changes become more and more tangible, particularly on how we grow food, and governments, researchers, farmers, and other stakeholders are increasingly turning their attention to ClimateSmart Agriculture (CSA). With the rapidly changing climate, CSA builds on three dimensions: (1) intensifying productivity; (2) enhancing resilience; and (3) reducing greenhouse gas emissions.   The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart … Read More

A decade of CIALCA: Lessons learned from integrated systems R4D in the Great Lakes Region

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The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA) emanated from three individual project proposals submitted by IITA, Bioversity International, and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) that were approved by the Belgian Directorate General for Development Cooperation (DGD) in 2006. As the projects were to operate largely in the same parts of Rwanda, Burundi, and DR Congo, … Read More