Area: Burundi, Rwanda, Ouganda, RDC (Kivu)
Participants: IIAT, Bioversity, CIAT, Université de Louvain, KULeuven, National research centers, Regional research centers. National extension services, ASARECA
Products: Banana, cassava, legumes
Intensification drivers: Lack of land, humanitarian crisis, ecological degradation (erosion, …), climate change (humid tropics area), high density of population, diversity of institutional support from one country to the other -> opportunity for regional collaboration
Report: Please download the complete Light Case Study report

CIALCA determined the agro-ecological, socio-economic and farming systems characteristics of the farming systems of the region. A number of technical research products were delivered, including improved banana and legume germplasm, an improved cassava-legume system, and integrated pest management approaches for bananas.

Promotion and dissemination of innovations through collaboration with national extension services and international NGOs and the establishment of a Knowledge Resource Centre in Bujumbura, Burundi. Capacity building, by training over 50 PhD and MSc students in a region that had lost much of its scientific capacity during the many years of conflict. Organisation of an international scientific conference entitled ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Agricultural Intensification of the Humid-Highland Systems of sub-Saharan Africa in 2011.

CIALCA used agro-ecological intensification as a guiding paradigm, whereby intensification is based on maximizing the use efficiency of agricultural production factors, minimizing negative environmental externalities, and rehabilitating the natural resource base. The project lasted from 2004 to 2013 and reports, scientific publications and impact studies are available. Some collaboration with N2Africa.