Use of Conservation Agriculture in Crop-Livestock Systems (CLCA) in the Drylands for Enhanced Water Use and Soil Fertility in NEN and LAC Countries

About Us

The project has been designed to combine an adaptive research program, including integrated capacity development, with the active development of a delivery mechanism for CLCA systems to serve as impact accelerators in both targeted regions. The adaptive research component will include a subcomponent, which involves extensive socioeconomic and market data collection to be used for optimizing adapted CLCA packages for different agroecologies and socioeconomic contexts. (IFAD ID# 2000001630)

Period of Implementations

Apr 13, 2018 - Jun 30, 2022

Total Budget

USD 2,500,000

Key Documents


IFAD President's Report



To sustainably increase production and enhance climate resilience of small farmers’ communities and their crop-livestock production systems in drylands.


To develop local adaptable soil conservation and water use efficiency technologies as well as forage crops and biomass management practices for different CLCA systems in the drylands using agroecological principles and participatory action research approaches.

Impact Pathway

The main target groups directly reached by the project are 3,000 households of small crop-livestock producers in NA and LAC regions whose livelihoods are dependent on crop production and livestock of which 70% will adopt CLCA farming systems with increased production and improved cost-benefits compared to conventional systems. Considering that CL systems form the basis of the livelihoods of two-thirds of the population in developing countries (Herrero et al., 2010), there is a good potential for upscaling of the project’s results. Through the support to innovation systems supporting adoption, the involvement of NARES and linking to IFAD investment projects, the spill-overs are expected to reach 20,000 households, who will indirectly benefit from the project.

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Title: Pushing toward the integration of crop-livestock and conservation agriculture

Author: International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas ICARDA

Date: 2018-06-24

Title: Scaling up for Sustainable Crop-Livestock Systems

Author: Mourad Rekik

Date: 2019-04-01

Title: Advances CLCA Bolivia

Author: Santiago López Ridaura

Date: 2019-04-23

Title: What do we expect from the livestock component under CLCA?

Author: Mourad Rekik

Date: 2019-06-24

Title: Knowledge Management and M&E

Author: Enrico Bonaiuti

Date: 2019-04-25

Title: Scaling Road Map -Tunisia

Author: Hatem Cheikh M'hamed

Date: 2019-04-26

Title: Soil Cover under CA system: essential interface of a CLCA system

Author: Hatem Cheikh

Date: 2019-07-01

Title: Scaling Strategy Algeria

Author: Zohra Djender Ghallem

Date: 2019-12-19

Title: TOR for machinery session CLCA workshop

Author: Udo Rudiger

Date: 2019-04-26

Title: Scaling road map Algeria

Author: Zahra Djender

Date: 2019-04-25

Title: Intégration de l’elevage en Agriculture de Conservation

Author: Nizar Moujahed

Date: 2019-07-01

Title: Algeria CLCA Data Collection Tool

Author: Innocent Bikara

Date: 2020-01-13

Title: Tunisia CLCA Data Collection Tool

Author: Innocent Bikara

Date: 2020-01-13

Title: “Feed and Forages” in Tunisia (Short version)

Author: Udo Rudiger

Date: 2019-06-01

Title: “Feed and Forages” in Tunisia (Long version)

Author: Udo Rudiger

Date: 2019-06-01

Title: Recueil des Obtentions Fourragères et Pastorales de l'INRAT

Author: Salah Ben Youssef

Date: 2019-03-01

Title: Scaling Indicators (CLCAII)

Author: Enrico Bonaiuti

Date: 2018-12-18

Title: Overview of the IFAD Funded CLCA Project

Author: Mourad Rekik

Date: 2019-09-09

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