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24 April 2019

ACAI combines machine learning, field trial data and crop models to optimize fertilizer recommendations

The ACAI site-specific fertilizer recommendation (FR) tool is built to provide optimized and economically beneficial recommendations to cassava growers. The tool considers local soil data, weather […]
8 April 2019

ACAI Extension Agents Trained for Dissemination of the Decision Support Tools

Africa Cassava Agronomy ACAI conducted a training of trainers for extension agents working with Oyo State Cassava Growers Association (OYSCGA). The training is the first of […]
22 February 2019

ACAI and Cassava Weed Management Project Merge

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project and the Cassava Weed Management Project have merged into a single project. Both projects are funded by the Bill […]
2 December 2018

Modern cassava production turning around fortunes of Kisarawe

Mr. Petro Kagusi a cassava farmer from Kidete village, Mzenga ward, Kisarawe region, Eastern Tanzania is extremely happy with the new improved farming practices he has […]
25 September 2018

Choice Experiment to Understand Farmer Preferences for Technology Adoption

ACAI is carrying out a choice experiment exercise that is meant to help the project team understand the socioeconomic factors that influence cassava farmers’ readiness to […]
11 September 2018

ACAI holds Training of Trainiers to kick off DST validation in Tanzania

ACAI held a training of trainers for the Tanzanian development partners in August to kick off the validation of the ACAI decision support tools in the […]
11 September 2018

SG 2000 holds ACAI farmers’ field day in Anambra

ACAI development partner in Anambra state in Nigeria, Sasakawa Africa Association (SG2000) organized farmers’ field days to show case the results from ACAI research and validation […]
14 August 2018

ACAI Annual Progress Report 2017

As we move forward with research towards developing decision support tools for cassava growers and cassava value chain actors, we are happy to see the impressive […]
21 June 2018

ACAI at the GCP21 in Cotonou Benin

10 April 2018

ACAI Introduces ID Cards for Extension Agents and Cassava growers

African cassava Agronomy initiative has introduced Identity card for cassava growers and extension agents involved in the project activities. The project started issuing the card at […]
10 April 2018

ACAI to Start validation of the decision support tools

The IITA led African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project has set the 2018 calendar of activities around running validation trails for the six decision support tools […]
22 February 2018

Second season of the ACAI field trials set up in Tanzania register remarkable success

For the first half of 2017, African Cassava Agronomy Initiative, ACAI, recorded remarkable field trials set up in the Southern Zone and Zanzibar project sites in […]
22 February 2018

ACAI first harvest of the Cassava Intercropped with Sweet potato trials

Four months after planting 102 trials for the Cassava intercropped with Sweet Potato (CIS) in the Islands of Unguja and Pemba, Zanzibar in the United republic […]
22 February 2018

ACAI in a Week: 2016 Trials Harvest

The IITA-ACAI project is in the harvest season for the 2016 cassava trials across several sites in both Nigeria and Tanzania. In Zanzibar, Dr Khatib Haji […]
22 February 2018

ACAI Donates Laptop Computers to PhD and Msc Students

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative donated laptop computers to four master’s students and one PhD candidate all of whom are beneficiaries of the ACAI scholarship program […]
22 February 2018

Preliminary results indicate significant cassava response to fertilizer

First yield results of Nutrients Omission Trials (NOT) reveal significant responses to fertilizer. First data on the 34 NOT trails have been analyzed and it is […]
22 February 2018

Second season of ACAI field trial set up in Tanzania register remarkable success

For the first half of 2017, African Cassava Agronomy Initiative, ACAI, recorded remarkable field trials set up in the Southern Zone and Zanzibar project sites in […]
22 February 2018

Seeking To Understand Cassava Response to Fertilizer in Different Agro-Ecological Zones; Joy Adiele, PhD candidate

Joy Adiele is a PhD candidate at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. She is one of the pioneer students receiving operational support from ACAI project to […]
22 February 2018

Soil sampling laboratory and equipment training for IITA-ACAI partners

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative, ACAI, conducted a training workshop on Laboratory and Equipment Use in Soil and Plant Sampling, Handling, Storage and Analysis for 16 […]
22 February 2018

ACAI In A Week: Field Monitoring

ACAI project activities in the field went characteristically a notch higher in respect to the expected seasonal weather changes. Nigeria is transitioning into its Harmattan season […]
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.