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21 July 2021

ACAI-BREEDED CASSAVA OUTSHINES ITS COUNTERPART CULTIVATED USING OLD FARM PRACTICE

As a part of efforts to promote agriculture and rural development in consonance with global best practices, African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) and its partner Justice Development & Peace Movement (JDPM) visited Soku a small settlement along Oyo-Iseyin road, Oyo West Local Government, to supervise the harvesting of cassava varieties on a demo plot.
5 July 2021

JDPM HONORS IITA, ACAI, HARVESTPLUS, AND OUTSTANDING IITA STAFF.

he Justice Development and Peace Movement (JDPM), one of the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) partners in Nigeria recently honored the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), ACAI, Harvest Plus, and two outstanding IITA staff with awards in recognition of many years of fruitful collaboration. A faith-based organization, JDPM works with people at the grassroots in the rural areas of Oyo State, Nigeria to promote sustainable human development and improved livelihoods. Agriculture is one of their main areas of interest as they train farmers to improve their yields and make more profit, subsequently improving their livelihood.
1 July 2021

AKILIMO functionality impresses EAS, regional, and district officials in the Kigoma region.

Following the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative’s efforts to promote the use of AKILIMO tools, the ACAI project team has impressed Extension agents (EAs), regional and local […]

African Cassava Agronomy Initiative is a 5-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.


The project aims to increase the availability of appropriate and affordable technologies to sustainably improve cassava productivity in the short- and long-term

Our Mission is to develop and deploy cassava agronomy recommendation tools to intensify cassava farming, improve root starch quality and reduce the yield gap within a 5-year project tenure that seeks to engage 100,000 households and generate value worth US$ 28 million.

Our Vision is to deliver the necessary knowledge base and tools for accessing this knowledge to cassava scaling partners and ultimately farmers in the target countries while instituting the necessary capacity and skills for national system scientists to engage in transformative cassava agronomy.


The Project

ACAI follows a demand-driven approach, responding to needs identified by development partners to develop technologies that fulfil those needs. The project develops technologies in the context centered around 6 use cases


Project Countries


ACAI's success will be in delivering the necessary knowledge base and the tools for accessing this knowledge to cassava scaling partners and farmers in the target countries while instituting the necessary capacity and skills for national system scientists to engage in transformative cassava agronomy. During this process ACAI will engage over 150,000 households including at least 30% women farmers in and lead to the creation of a value of at least $40 million..


Nigeria


Nigeria is a Tier One Country where the research, development and dissemination is intensively going on.


Tanzania


This is a Tier One Country where the research, development and dissemination is intensively going on.

Ghana


DR Congo


Uganda



These are Tier two Country where development and dissemination is intensively going on.