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IITA Technologies to be Featured in the Newly Formed Cassava Producers and Processors Association in Tanzania

Cassava value chain actors in Tanzania launched an association that will act as an umbrella body to address issues facing cassava producers and processors in the country. Tanzania Cassava Producers and Processors Association (TACAPPA) was inaugurated at a two-day event at Mwalimu Nyerere Trade Fair Ground in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the 7th and 8th of February.   TACAPPA will serve

ACAI Trains Farmers and Extension Agents on Cassava Weed Management in Tanzania

ACAI conducted six training of trainers (TOTs) events at various locations in Eastern and Lake Zones in Tanzania on the effective methods of managing weeds that affect cassava productivity. The training included directions on the proper use of machines for weeding, combining mechanical weed control and other weed control methods, as well as use and

ACAI Tools For Cassava Agronomy Advice Are Ready For Nigerian Farmers

The first field test version of the ACAI developed Akilimo decision support tool was introduced to the partners working with ACAI in Nigeria during a pre-launch event held at the IITA campus, Ibadan in June. More than 30 representatives from processors, fertilizer makers, producers, researchers and industrial manufacturers were present at the unveiling of the

Akilimo Decision Support System For Cassava Farmers in Nigeria and Tanzania

ACAI has released its first field test version of the Akilimo decision support system in paper and application format. These will be used by extension agents to help cassava farmers in Nigeria and Tanzania optimize their productivity and income from cassava growing. The name Akilimo is coined from a combination of two Swahili words Akili

ACAI Scaling Partners Trained on Measuring Farmer Level Results

  ACAI held a two-day training with scaling partners in Nigeria on the systems developed by the project to monitor and measure farmers’ level results (farmers reached with the DSTs, farmers who understand the DSTs, farmers who use the DSTs, farmers who changed their practices to the DSTs recommendation, farmers who benefit from use of

Cassava Value Chain Stakeholders in Tanzania Commit To The Take Akilimo Tools To The Farmers

ACAI project in Tanzania hosted project partners in Dar es Salaam for the 2019 – 2020 season planning meeting in preparation for dissemination and scaling of the project decision support tools. Participants representing development organizations, industrial processors and farm input producers reaffirmed their commitment to fulfilling their roles in the project and achieve the ACAI

ACAI team reflects on progress made in first quarter

Members of the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) met in Nigeria to discuss and evaluate on the progress made in the first quarter of the year, 2019, across the different components of the project otherwise known as Work Streams. The meetings, which were convened by the Project Coordinator of ACAI, Dr. Pieter Pypers, 2-6 April; were

TAAT and ACAI trains stakeholders on Good Agronomy Technology Practice

The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project in collaboration with the African Cassava Agronomy Initiatives (ACAI) conducted a training on the Good Agricultural Technologies’ Practices (GATP) and Mechanization for cassava stakeholders in Mkuranga, Eastern Zone Tanzania. The training is part of TAAT’s core objective to empower project stakeholders for efficient and effective deployment of

YARA Tanzania to partner with ACAI on dissemination of agronomy advice tools

YARA Tanzania, a subsidiary of the global fertilizer conglomerate Yara International AS has agreed to partner with ACAI in the dissemination the cassava agronomy decision support tools. ACAI has been doing research to develop a suite agronomy advice tools to help improve cassava intensification, productivity and production targeting smallholder farmers through cassava value chain actors.

Point of View: Dr Meklit Chernet reflection on the ICT4D 2019 conference

The 11th Information Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) was held between April 30, and May 3, 2019, in Kampala Uganda. The conference brought together key stakeholder in information technology and research across the globe to share and reflect on the innovation and experiences of applying digital technology to development. IITA’s Associate Data Scientist Dr. Meklit

Cassava farmers in Tanzania to benefit from new industry partnership with ACAI project

At a recent meeting in Tanzania, IITA, through the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) and the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI-Naliendele) agreed to explore areas of collaboration with the Cassava Starch Tanzania Corporation (CSTC). Demand for cassava is increasing as more companies are seeking to process the roots into high-value, starch-rich flour. New processing capacity is starting to come online

ACAI combines machine learning, field trial data and crop models to optimize fertilizer recommendations

The ACAI site-specific fertilizer recommendation (FR) tool is built to provide optimized and economically beneficial recommendations to cassava growers. The tool considers local soil data, weather conditions, prices of available fertilizers and cassava root produce, planting and harvest dates and the investment capacity of the farmer. ACAI has been conducting nutrient omission trials (NOT) in

ACAI Extension Agents Trained for Dissemination of the Decision Support Tools

Africa Cassava Agronomy ACAI conducted a training of trainers for extension agents working with Oyo State Cassava Growers Association (OYSCGA). The training is the first of a series planned to kick off the dissemination of the ACAI decision support tools in Nigeria and later in Tanzania. Extension agents drawn from 11 local governments across Oyo

ACAI and Cassava Weed Management Project Merge

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project and the Cassava Weed Management Project have merged into a single project. Both projects are funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under the Agricultural Development program ACAI project has been carrying out research to develop tools that will increase the availability of appropriate and affordable technologies

IITA scientists develop decision support tools to improve cassava agronomy in Africa

Scientists under the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) have developed decision support tools (DSTs) which can help farmers with the best recommendations for planting cassava in their fields. The new DSTs were developed to replace the older “blanket” recommendations, which did not consider site-specific conditions and thus often produced poor results.  ACAI is a five-year project focusing on six use-cases, which reflect the different issues

Modern cassava production turning around fortunes of Kisarawe

Mr. Petro Kagusi a cassava farmer from Kidete village, Mzenga ward, Kisarawe region, Eastern Tanzania is extremely happy with the new improved farming practices he has learned through the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project. These include proper spacing, use of improved varieties and use of fertilizers. “I used to grow my cassava following the

Choice Experiment to Understand Farmer Preferences for Technology Adoption

ACAI is carrying out a choice experiment exercise that is meant to help the project team understand the socioeconomic factors that influence cassava farmers’ readiness to adopt and use the decision support tools that the project is developing.   The experiment is a joint initiative between IITA, Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute, TARI, and the University

ACAI holds Training of Trainiers to kick off DST validation in Tanzania

ACAI held a training of trainers for the Tanzanian development partners in August to kick off the validation of the ACAI decision support tools in the country.  The training was organized to create a better understanding of the ACAI use cases in Tanzania, the process of effectively evaluating the decision support tools (DSTs) and teaching

SG 2000 holds ACAI farmers’ field day in Anambra

ACAI development partner in Anambra state in Nigeria, Sasakawa Africa Association (SG2000) organized farmers’ field days to show case the results from ACAI research and validation trials within three local governments in Anambra state between July and August 2018. SG 2000 working closely with the National Root Crops Research Institute NRCRI brought together more than

ACAI Annual Progress Report 2017

As we move forward with research towards developing decision support tools for cassava growers and cassava value chain actors, we are happy to see the impressive progress toward achieving our objectives. The countless hours of work by our committed team of experts from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), our partners in Nigeria and

ACAI Introduces ID Cards for Extension Agents and Cassava growers

African cassava Agronomy initiative has introduced Identity card for cassava growers and extension agents involved in the project activities. The project started issuing the card at the onset of the baseline survey being conducted by the Monitoring and Evaluation team in Tanzania and Nigeria in January 2018.   The identity cards feature a unique barcode

ACAI to Start validation of the decision support tools

The IITA led African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project has set the 2018 calendar of activities around running validation trails for the six decision support tools that the project is developing. The first validation trails being set up in late March through April in Nigeria with similar plans organised in Tanzania from mid-year until when

Second season of the ACAI field trials set up in Tanzania register remarkable success

For the first half of 2017, African Cassava Agronomy Initiative, ACAI, recorded remarkable field trials set up in the Southern Zone and Zanzibar project sites in Tanzania. Between January and May 2017, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, IITA, staff coordinating the ACAI project in Tanzania alongside strategic and national partners successfully set up 100

ACAI first harvest of the Cassava Intercropped with Sweet potato trials

Four months after planting 102 trials for the Cassava intercropped with Sweet Potato (CIS) in the Islands of Unguja and Pemba, Zanzibar in the United republic of Tanzania, ACAI and implementing partners in Zanzibar, ZARI, has begun the harvest of potatoes from the trial fields. Under the auspices of IITA, ZARI in collaboration with Farm

ACAI in a Week: 2016 Trials Harvest

The IITA-ACAI project is in the harvest season for the 2016 cassava trials across several sites in both Nigeria and Tanzania. In Zanzibar, Dr Khatib Haji from ZARI, Pemba led his team in harvesting on station trials at Matangatuani for potatoes from Cassava inter-cropped with Sweet potatoes as well as on farm trials in Junguni,

ACAI Donates Laptop Computers to PhD and Msc Students

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative donated laptop computers to four master’s students and one PhD candidate all of whom are beneficiaries of the ACAI scholarship program in partnership with The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB. The five students; Thanni Bolaji, Blessing Afolake, Adebayo Emmanuel, Akinsumbo Yinka and Ologunde Hammed are pursuing their post graduate

Preliminary results indicate significant cassava response to fertilizer

First yield results of Nutrients Omission Trials (NOT) reveal significant responses to fertilizer. First data on the 34 NOT trails have been analyzed and it is now available. The average root yield increase with NPK recorded from the first yield results is 4 t/ha but varying between 0-15t/ha. The results from 23 trials in Tanzania

Second season of ACAI field trial set up in Tanzania register remarkable success

For the first half of 2017, African Cassava Agronomy Initiative, ACAI, recorded remarkable field trials set up in the Southern Zone and Zanzibar project sites in Tanzania. Between January and May 2017, the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture, IITA, staff coordinating the ACAI project in Tanzania alongside strategic and national partners successfully set up 100

Seeking To Understand Cassava Response to Fertilizer in Different Agro-Ecological Zones; Joy Adiele, PhD candidate

Joy Adiele is a PhD candidate at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She is one of the pioneer students receiving operational support from ACAI project to facilitate her field research activities. Joy’s PhD research is focused on understanding the potential yield of cassava and the dynamic aspects of nutrient limitations in relation to water availability.

Soil sampling laboratory and equipment training for IITA-ACAI partners

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative, ACAI, conducted a training workshop on Laboratory and Equipment Use in Soil and Plant Sampling, Handling, Storage and Analysis for 16 participants selected from the project’s research partners and the national agricultural research systems (NARS) in Nigeria. The participants were PhD and MSc students from the Federal University of Agriculture

ACAI In A Week: Field Monitoring

ACAI project activities in the field went characteristically a notch higher in respect to the expected seasonal weather changes. Nigeria is transitioning into its Harmattan season while Tanzania, the October rains are expected to create excitement around planting and set up for new cropping season.  In the Lake Zone, Tanzania, the ACAI team led by

Project Synergy Through Harmonized Activities

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative, ACAI, project implementation in close collaboration with partners gives importance to the uniformity of project activities to harmonize the processes and the progress of the project, within the ACAI team and partners. Through regular trainings, project management meetings and synchronized data management systems, ACAI keeps all stakeholders abreast of the

ACAI Training of Trainers for Effective Herbicides Use in Cassava Farms

The Effective and Safe Use of Herbicides in Cassava Fields training included practical demonstrations and hands on approach IITA’s African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) conducted a training for more than 36 participants on the ‘Effective and Safe Use of Herbicides in Cassava Fields’ in Tanzania to build capacity for the participants to train farmers in

ACAI sets pace for the 2018 project activities in Tanzania

  The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative team met on the 21st and 22nd of June in Zanzibar to review the second season results and plan for the project’s third season activities that will be undertaken during the 2017-2018 season in Tanzania. The ACAI in-house planning meeting organized by Dr. Veronica NE Uzokwe of ACAI Tanzania

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