The Crop-Livestock Integration Project (CLiP) is aiming at improved productivity through crop-livestock interventions in eastern DR Congo and Burundi.

This project, carried out by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), with financial support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission (EC), aims to explore how crop-livestock integrated systems can better contribute to the wealth and nutrition of smallholder farmers in Burundi and DR Congo. It will directly target 1,600 farming households in the selected field sites, and will involve working with national partners to carry out research for development in the selected areas. It contributes to the CGIAR Humid Tropics Research Program.

The overall goal of the project is to enable poor rural people to improve their food security and nutrition, raise their incomes and strengthen their resilience. The project will deliver improved income, nutrition and food security through sustainable intensification of crop-livestock systems, linked to markets, with a particular focus on gender and youth.

The focus is on mixed crop-livestock systems that have a strong potential for increasing food security, increasing household incomes and providing safe and diverse nutritious foods. Further, the project will focus on increased farm productivity and natural resource integrity, to increase production at farm level to meet increasing food requirements as a result of population increase. The project will develop and promote livestock feed resources, by exploiting the wide range of potential animal feed options available.

The project will work in four field sites – two in each country: Kamanyola and Mushinga, in the Ruzizi Plains of DR Congo; and Giheta in the Central highlands, and Cibitoke in the Ruzizi Plains of Burundi.