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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.
2 December 2021

Lead farmers over-joy the functionality of VIAMO services in acquiring AKILIMO recommendations

Lead farmers have overjoyed the functionality of the VIAMO service in accessing various AKILIMO recommendations noting that it is good and easy to use and they pledged to train their fellow farmers to increase efficiency in cassava production. This came after training on good agronomical practices organized by the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) in villages of Chitekete, Lengo, and Makukwe in Mtwara in November 2021, where five groups of more than 80 farmers attended the session.
4 November 2021

INTEGRATION OF AKILIMO KICKS OFF IN GHANA

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) visited Ghana in order to embark on the integration of AKILIMO in the country. Ghana Cassava Centre of Excellence (GCCE) was the point of contact through which ACAI linked up with existing private, non-profit, and government institutions as well as international NGOs that can integrate AKILIMO into their operations in Ghana. Discussions have been ongoing since 2020 via virtual meetings; physical meetings could not take place because of the COVID 19 pandemic.

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.

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