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18 June 2021

CEDRO ROYAL TRAINS 400 EBONYI CASSAVA FARMERS ON AKILIMO TOOL

Cedro Royal Multi-ventures, a partner of ACAI/RTB scaling AKILIMO project with headquarters in Abuja trained 400 grassroots cassava farmers on the use of the AKILIMO advisory tool for fertilizer recommendation (FR) and Best Planting Practices and weed management (BPP-WM).
9 June 2021

PARTNERS AGREE ON DATA COLLECTION BEYOND ACAI PROJECT

In a bid to facilitate AKILIMO sustainability, partners agreed to continue the collection of data beyond the lifespan of the ACAI project. Remarks from partners during the planning meeting in Nigeria and Tanzania raised optimistic expectations; all partners considered data collection to be an essential component of their sustainability strategy in the use of AKILIMO tools in their operations.
26 May 2021

THE PARTNERS SET PLANS FOR AKILIMO SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability planning meetings were held respectively in Nigeria on 30th -31st of March, 2021, and in Tanzania on 22nd – 23rd of April, 2021. The essence of the meetings was to develop plans for continuous use of AKILIMO by ACAI partners and other initiatives beyond June 2022, when the ACAI project comes to an end. The meetings, hosted by IITA’s ACAI project, brought together 39 participants from the two countries (25 participants in Nigeria, 14 participants in Tanzania) cutting across various organizations. The workshop successfully harnessed the experiences and resources of partners, reaching a wide range of agreements on how AKILIMO will be sustained.

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.