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11 March 2021

AKILIMO can be Calibrated for Other Crops Says Pypers

The completed and multi-platform version of the AKILIMO advisory service will be expandable to provide agronomic recommendations for other crops and scalable to other locations across […]
5 March 2021

Former President of Zanzibar hails ACAI Project Work on the island

The former President of Zanzibar Amani Abeid Karume praised the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project for its efforts to disseminate and promote good agricultural practices […]
5 March 2021

ACAI Bundling AKILIMO with Agro-Services Through Strategic Partnerships for Sustainability

In October of 2020, two banks in collaboration with government agencies and development partners in Tanzania launched an initiative to finance cassava growers with a million […]
25 February 2021

Bank Financed Cassava Farmers Reduce Farm Costs by Applying AKILIMO Recommendations

According to the survey results, 99% of the farmers confirmed to have implemented recommendations for best planting practices such as site selection, land preparation, weed control, and spacing (1mx1m). The farmers also adopted to grow the high yielding mkuranga1 cassava variety, as opposed to the previous planted local varieties.
25 January 2021

Awareness on AKILIMO Tool Extends to Schools and Colleges

In 2020, African Cassava Agronomy Initiative, (ACAI) Project, made the first steps of moving AKILIMO into the mainstream of the early academic system in Nigeria. Working […]
25 January 2021

Dissemination of AKILIMO in southeast Nigeria

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) organized trainings in Kogi and Benue states Nigeria to train cassava farmers on how to use tailored fertilizer recommendation (FR) […]
18 December 2020

ACAI 2020 Annual Review Meeting Highlights

The 2020 Annual Review and Planning for the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative was held virtually owing to the Covid 19 pandemic. Despite the unprecedented circumstance within which the event was held, the ACAI family and partners held a largely successful event. Review meetings of this nature provide an opportunity to reflect on the activities of the project in the course of the year, the achievements, learnings and prioritize key actions points for the next year.
10 December 2020

ACAI Annual Report 2019

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.
30 September 2020

ACAI and GROWSEL in Partnership to Promote AKILIMO in Nigeria

African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project has entered a partnership with Growsel, an award-winning financial inclusion nonprofit Agro-Tech startup to facilitate the use the ACAI developed […]
11 September 2020

Ogun State of Nigeria adopts AKILIMO as part of the EA Agronomy package

Ogun state government has directed that all extension agents under the state’s Agricultural development program (ADP) be trained on how to use AKILIMO tools and provide […]
20 August 2020

AKILIMO Cameo at the 2020 Nane Nane Show in Tanzania

ACAI as one of the projects under IITA with partners TARI, MEDA and local governments was participated in the 2020 Nane Nane farmers exhibition, an annual […]
25 July 2020

Nigeria Government Agencies to Integrate AKILIMO Tools into the National Extension Package

Nigeria’s National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS- https://naerls.gov.ng/) is in talks with the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project towards the integration of AKILIMO into government extension package in Nigeria. NAERLS is one of the 18 National Agricultural Research Institutes (NARIs) under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD).
24 July 2020

KOLPING Society of Nigeria Debuts Weekly Radio Program to Promote the Use of AKILIMO Tool

KOLPING Society of Nigeria debuted a radio program to sensitize cassava farmers in Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria, about applying improved agronomic practices by following recommendations given by the AKILIMO decision support tools. The radio program will be aired weekly by FLO-FM (94.9) radio station as a 30-minute interactive session.
10 July 2020

ACAI Rolls out Pretest for the Farmers’ Field Guide in Nigeria and Tanzania

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative project has placed a high priority on creating materials that will help both partners and end users to easily understand, use […]
10 July 2020

AKILIMO Incorporated in Cassava Farmer Financing Program by Top Agricultural Banks in Tanzania

AKILIMO agronomy advice tools for cassava farming will be an integral part of the new program by the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank and National Microfinance Bank […]
22 June 2020

Scientists from IITA, Wageningen and University of Florida are Optimizing Crop Models for Improved Predictions

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project scientists are working on optimizing crop models to improve the prediction of the AKILIMO decision support tools. The team is evaluating the performance of the Light Interception and Utilization (LINTUL) and Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) to predict the attainable yield of cassava under well managed agronomic field trial.
24 July 2020

KOLPING Society of Nigeria Debuts Weekly Radio Program to Promote the Use of AKILIMO Tool

KOLPING Society of Nigeria debuted a radio program to sensitize cassava farmers in Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria, about applying improved agronomic practices by following recommendations given by the AKILIMO decision support tools. The radio program will be aired weekly by FLO-FM (94.9) radio station as a 30-minute interactive session.
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.