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20 April 2023

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 2023

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 2023

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 […]

African Cassava Agronomy Initiative is a 5-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.


The project aims to increase the availability of appropriate and affordable technologies to sustainably improve cassava productivity in the short- and long-term

Our Mission is to develop and deploy cassava agronomy recommendation tools to intensify cassava farming, improve root starch quality and reduce the yield gap within a 5-year project tenure that seeks to engage 100,000 households and generate value worth US$ 28 million.

Our Vision is to deliver the necessary knowledge base and tools for accessing this knowledge to cassava scaling partners and ultimately farmers in the target countries while instituting the necessary capacity and skills for national system scientists to engage in transformative cassava agronomy.


The Project

ACAI follows a demand-driven approach, responding to needs identified by development partners to develop technologies that fulfil those needs. The project develops technologies in the context centered around 6 use cases


A fertilizer blending decision support tool for the fertilizer industry


A site-specific fertilizer recommendation tool for extension agents


A best planting practices tool for extension agents or farmers


A cassava intercropping decision support tool for extension agents or farmers


staggered planting decision support tool for year-round cassava root supply to the processing


Practices for higher root starch yields for processing industry.

Project Countries


ACAI's success will be in delivering the necessary knowledge base and the tools for accessing this knowledge to cassava scaling partners and farmers in the target countries while instituting the necessary capacity and skills for national system scientists to engage in transformative cassava agronomy. During this process ACAI will engage over 150,000 households including at least 30% women farmers in and lead to the creation of a value of at least $40 million..


Nigeria


Nigeria is a Tier One Country where the research, development and dissemination is intensively going on.


Tanzania


This is a Tier One Country where the research, development and dissemination is intensively going on.

Ghana


DR Congo


Uganda



These are Tier two Country where development and dissemination is intensively going on.