AKILIMO

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.
22 June 2020

State Governments in Nigeria Offer Land to ACAI for Demonstration and Training

Four state governments in the south of Nigeria have allowed the African Cassava Agronomy Project (ACAI) project and its partner Sasakawa Africa Association (SG2000) to set up cassava demonstration and training plots for the AKILIMO decision support tools at all their zonal skill development locations.
15 June 2020

ARIFU FINANCIAL AND BUSINESS EDUCATION TRAINING IN TANZANIA

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) in a joint effort with ARIFU has ensured the continuation of training farmers in Tanzania during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the semi lockdown and other measures out in place by health agencies to infections and spreading of the corona virus. ACAI and ARIFU have been carrying out virtual trainings with extension agents and farmers through teleconference phone calls.
15 June 2020

ACAI Partners Establishes 492 Training Plots for Scaling AKILIMO

Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) one of the ACAI primary partners has established and planted 492 validation trial sites for AKILIMO and additional 46 demonstration sites across the ecological zones where ACAI is operating in Tanzania.
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.
29 July 2021

Stakeholders urge cassava farmers to embrace the use of AKILIMO

The stakeholders 2-days workshop organized by African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) held in Lagos came to an end on Thursday, July 2021 with several stakeholders in attendance such as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), National Root Crop Research Institute (NRCRI), Sasakawa African Association (SG2000), Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Notore Chemical Industries, Centre for Inclusive Agriculture & Gender Development (CIA-GED), Cedro Royal Limited, National Agriculture and Extension Liaison Services (NAERLS), and other key stakeholders in the agriculture sector have called for the adoption of ‘AKILIMO’, smart agriculture, to boost cassava production in Nigeria.
5 July 2021

JDPM HONORS IITA, ACAI, HARVESTPLUS, AND OUTSTANDING IITA STAFF.

he Justice Development and Peace Movement (JDPM), one of the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) partners in Nigeria recently honored the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), ACAI, Harvest Plus, and two outstanding IITA staff with awards in recognition of many years of fruitful collaboration. A faith-based organization, JDPM works with people at the grassroots in the rural areas of Oyo State, Nigeria to promote sustainable human development and improved livelihoods. Agriculture is one of their main areas of interest as they train farmers to improve their yields and make more profit, subsequently improving their livelihood.
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.