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This blog aims to to showcase the key issues, debates and perspectives from the 2011 CIALCA International Conference taking place in Kigali, Rwanda from 24-27 October on agricultural intensification of the African humid highlands. Follow us and share your own views on this blog, on Twitter (hashtag #CIALCA), and on Flickr.

About the conference

The humid highlands in sub-Saharan Africa  are characterized by high population densities and require intensification. The Consortium for Improving Agriculture-based Livelihoods in Central Africa (CIALCA), lead by IITABioversity International, and TSBF-CIAT, has set up a research for development platform in various mandate areas in Central Africa, aiming to identify improved production, market, and nutrition options and facilitating the access for development partners to these options. This platform is supported by capacity building, multi-stakeholder dialogue, and monitoring and evaluation efforts.  The conference aims to:

1. take stock of the state-of the art in agricultural intensification in the highlands of sub-Sahraran Africa

2. chart the way forward for agricultural research for development in the humid highlands, specifically in the Humidtropics Consortium Research Programme and the CIALCA Consortium, through keynote presentations, oral and poster presentations, and strategic panel discussions.

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