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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.
26 May 2021

THE PARTNERS SET PLANS FOR AKILIMO SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability planning meetings were held respectively in Nigeria on 30th -31st of March, 2021, and in Tanzania on 22nd – 23rd of April, 2021. The essence of the meetings was to develop plans for continuous use of AKILIMO by ACAI partners and other initiatives beyond June 2022, when the ACAI project comes to an end. The meetings, hosted by IITA’s ACAI project, brought together 39 participants from the two countries (25 participants in Nigeria, 14 participants in Tanzania) cutting across various organizations. The workshop successfully harnessed the experiences and resources of partners, reaching a wide range of agreements on how AKILIMO will be sustained.
21 May 2021

AKILIMO NIGERIA AND AKILIMO TANZANIA BRING ACAI PARTNERS TOGETHER

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) planning meetings which held in Ibadan, Nigeria and Dares Salaam, Tanzania, raised hopes for a bright future for AKILIMO ahead of the end of the ACAI project. The planning meetings brought partners together and one of the highlights was the formation of AKILIMO Nigeria and AKILIMO Tanzania to sustain the use of AKILIMO beyond the life span of ACAI.
17 May 2021

AKILIMO PROMOTERS PLAN MOBILIZATION OF FARMERS IN NIGERIA

Promoters of AKILIMO in conjunction with Notore Chemical Industries plan to mobilize at least 30,000 cassava farmers for fertilizer recommendation (FR) tool.
6 May 2021

Farmers Recount the Benefits of AKILIMO in Cassava Production

The out grower farmers of Psaltry International Limited (PIL) have started experiencing the positive impact of ACAI’s AKILIMO tool. A number of success stories in relation to the use of AKILIMO tools have emerged. Farmers from Ado Awaye in Iseyin Local Government of Oyo State under the out-grower scheme of Psaltry recounted stories about how their cassava production has drastically improved due to application of the recommendations gotten from AKILIMO on their farms. The farmers were delighted because this has translated to increase in their cassava yields, an experience that they have not previously had.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]