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27 April 2022

The AKILIMO App plays a critical role in supporting cassava farmers. A TARI officer says this to Tanzania’s deputy minister of Agriculture.

The Coordinator of Research and Innovation from the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) Ukiriguru Center Dr. Deusdedit Peter Mlay, has described the significance of AKILIMO App […]
20 January 2022

AKILIMO tools build trust in cassava farmers via demonstration plot yield

AKILIMO tool's performance in cassava cultivation has greatly facilitated its acceptance and adoption of this technology. Thanks to the African Cassava agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project for developing and spreading this technology country-wide, which is helping many cassava growers to adhere to good agricultural practices and through that, cassava harvests at the Kitumbi demonstration plot in the Handeni district have been plentiful.
7 December 2021

AKILIMO GOES TO THE PRISON

On the 2nd of September, 2021, African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) organized sensitization training in a correctional facility in Akorede, Ibadan. The invitation to come was granted by the prison Agricultural Service Officer who had experience as an extension agent and has previously worked with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Mr. Alonge Ibikunle of the Department of Correctional Service (DCS) to train and sensitize farmers.

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.