AKILIMO

28 May 2020

JPDM and UAM Gradually Resume Training of Farmers while Adhering to COVID-19 Safety Measures

Extension agents working under the Justice Development and Peace Movement (JDPM), Oyo and the University of Agriculture Makurdi have concluded plans to resume training activities previously halted by the COVID-19 lockdown across the country under a cautious regime. The training activities will adhere strictly to the rules on physical distancing set by the country on COVID 19, coordinators from JPDM and UAM have said.
28 May 2020

ACAI in New Partnership with Kolping Society of Nigeria

Kolping Society of Nigeria is the new addition to the ACAI project list of partners that will be instrumental in scaling the use of the AKILIMO decision support tools. Kolping Society of Nigeria is a faith-based organization that promotes social action for human development. The organization will integrate AKILIMO tools content as part of their training materials for farmers growing cassava within their membership location.
28 May 2020

ACAI Partners and Local Government Officials continue Training on AKILIMO in Tanzania

A collaboration between ACAI partners and the local government authorities in Tanzania has ensured a continuation of stakeholder trainings and farmer sensitization during the coronavirus pandemic. Kilimo Joint a capacity building and agricultural consulting enterprise and eSOKO an agricultural digital solutions company and an ACAI primary partner have teamed with government officials of Mkuranga District in the Eastern Zone of Tanzania to conduct training for selected new project partners and farmers on the use of fertilizer in growing cassava as recommended by the AKILIMO decision support tools.
16 May 2020

Creating A Cassava Farmer Database in Tanzania for Tailored Advice

ACAI project is partnering with eSOKO, a digital solutions company operating in the agricultural sector, to collect data on cassava farmers in Tanzania and profile them in order to develop and provide them with tailored information. eSOKO is an agricultural profiling and messaging service provider that empower rural populations and the organizations that work with them through information dissemination across sub-Saharan Africa.
15 May 2020

ACAI In Tanzania Goes Virtual To Keep Going During Pandemic

African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) has started interacting with partners and farmers virtually in Tanzania because of covid-19. The project has taken steps to minimize the exposure to infection for both staff, partners and farmers. This is in respect to the guidelines by health officials in the country to avoid unnecessary contact and to keep a safe distance.
15 May 2020

OYSCGA adopts new measures dissemination AKILIMO despite COVID -19

One of the ACAI project primary partners, Oyo State Cassava Growers Association (OYSCGA), has been forced to change their operational procedures to keep farm activities going […]
15 May 2020

ACAI digital extension & advisory specialist joins Oyo team to mitigate the impact of COVID-19

The Digital Extension & Advisory Services Specialist, Godwin Atser has been appointed by the Oyo State government as a member of the Oyo State COVID-19 Food […]
12 May 2020

ACAI to Deploy ‘Uptake and Use’ Survey to Track Adoption of AKILIMO by End-Users

As part of its monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) system, the ACAI project has developed and piloted a survey tool called “use and uptake” tool. This […]
12 May 2020

YARA Fertilizer and Kilimo Joint in new collaboration under ACAI to bring new partners to the project

Two ACAI project partners in Tanzania, YARA Fertilizers and Kilimo Joint have struck a collaboration that will see them engage secondary partners to scale and disseminate AKILIMO agronomy advice tools in the country.

The partnership has been developed after months of discussion between representatives of the institutions and ACAI team consisting of Fredrick Baijukya, ACAI project coordinator for Tanzania and Thompson Ogunsanmi, the project scaling specialist.

12 May 2020

Psaltry International Limited Integrate AKILIMO tools into their Operations

Psaltry International Limited (PIL) commences reviewing its operational plans to in order to integrate the use of AKILIMO agronomy advice tools. PIL, a primary partner in the ACAI project has been part of the AKILIMO research and development process since the inception of the project in 2016.
12 May 2020

Spray Service Providers bask in euphoria overtraining on digital solutions in weed management and best planting practices

Nigerian Spray Service Providers (SSPs), most of whom are cassava farmers themselves, cannot stop basking in excitement over the new knowledge they are getting from the […]
30 April 2020

ACAI official statement on Corona Virus to our stakeholders

When we started to implement the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative project plans for 2020, together with our partners we were very optimistic of the outcomes to be achieved in the course of the year. We believed that 2020 will be the crowning year for ACAI. For the past four years, ACAI has carried out research and developed agronomic recommendation tools. We proudly called it AKILIMO, ready to supply advice to cassava growers in Nigeria and Tanzania.
30 April 2020

Access to AKILIMO Tools and Resources

AKILIMO offers a suite of decision support tools to provide advice on different aspects of cassava cultivation, identified by cassava value chain actors as the most important agronomic gaps to be filled to improve production and productivity of cassava.
30 April 2020

ACAI Welcomes New Partnerships to Scale AKILIMO in Tanzania

ACAI project continues to increase its partnerships as part of the steps taken to expand and strengthen the scaling and dissemination of AKILIMO tools. In March, several partners from different segments of the cassava value chain in Tanzania joined the project after a series of discussions and agreements through memoranda of understanding with ACAI.
20 April 2020

Nigeria’s Directorate of Extension Service to Integrate AKILIMO Recommendations for Cassava Farmers

The Department of Agricultural Extension Services (DAES) under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria will partner with ACAI project to disseminate and use the AKILIMO recommendations for agronomy advice given to farmers by extension agents allied to the government.
17 March 2020

Training of Trainers as Part of the AKILIMO Scaling Strategy

ACAI project uses capacity building activities for the project partners as part of the scaling strategy for the AKILIMO tools to reach a wider audience within the cassava growing areas.
5 March 2020

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 […]
5 March 2020

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 […]
1 February 2020

ACAI to Prioritize Scaling and Dissemination of AKILIMO in the Project’s 2020 Activities

ACAI project uses capacity building activities for the project partners as part of the scaling strategy for the AKILIMO tools to reach a wider audience within the cassava growing areas.
2 July 2019

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 […]
25 November 2020

ACAI Training of Trainers on AKILIMO Recommendations for Dissemination in Zanzibar

In late November 2020, African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project conducted a training on the use of AKILIMO Decision Support Tools and the project monitoring and […]
10 November 2020

New National Cassava Development Strategy for Tanzania mainstreams AKILIMO to improving the crops’ value chain

AKILIMO will be a significant part of the projected growth and development of the cassava sector in Tanzania once a new development strategy for the crop […]
19 October 2020

ACAI Trains Tanzania Government Extension Agents for AKILIMO Dissemination

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiatives (ACAI) project held training session for the government extension officers on the use of Fertilizer Recommendation (FR), Weed Management and Best […]
1 October 2020

ACAI Begins Training Recipients of the Cassava-Fund Bank Loan in Tanzania

Months after the launch of the program to finance cassava farmers in Handeni district, coastal region of Tanzania, ACAI project conducted a series of trainings on the use of the AKILIMO agronomy advice tools and the proper interpretation of the recommendations deployed by the tools.