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Akilimo decision support system for cassava farmers promoted
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Akilimo decision support system for cassava farmers in Nigeria and Tanzania

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) has released its first field test version of the Akilimo decision support system in paper and application format. Extension agents will use these to help cassava farmers in Nigeria and Tanzania optimize their productivity and income from growing cassava. The name Akilimo is coined from a combination of two…

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ACAI capacity building for partners: Nigeria and Tanzania NARS training on data management

ACAI capacity building for partners: Nigeria and Tanzania NARS training on data management

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) has started a series of data management training for staff members from the national agricultural research system (NARS), in the project target countries. The NARS staff from Nigeria and Tanzania are being trained on data collection using the ODK suite tool, data analysis in R, and geospatial information system…

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TAAT and ACAI train stakeholders on Good Agronomy Technology Practice

TAAT and ACAI train stakeholders on Good Agronomy Technology Practice

The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project in collaboration with the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) conducted a training on Good Agricultural Technologies’ Practices (GATP) and Mechanization for cassava stakeholders in Mkuranga, Eastern Zone Tanzania. The training is part of TAAT’s core objective to empower project stakeholders for efficient and effective deployment of appropriate…

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Yara Tanzania to partner with ACAI on dissemination of agronomy advice tools

Yara Tanzania, a subsidiary of the global fertilizer conglomerate Yara International ASA, has agreed to partner with the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) in the dissemination of its cassava agronomy decision support tools (DSTs). ACAI has been doing research to develop a suite of agronomy advice tools to help improve cassava intensification, productivity, and production…

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Nigerian farmers get free advisory services on cassava production via mobile phone

Nigerian farmers get free advisory services on cassava production via mobile phone

Nigerian farmers can now access extension and advisory services related to weed control, best planting practices, and other aspects of cassava production on their cell phones free of charge, thanks to the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI). The mobile telephony service is powered by Airtel using the 3-2-1 Service of Viamo. Farmers with Airtel sim…

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Akilimo Dashboard: ACAI develops data management system for field activities and validation of agronomy advice tools

Akilimo Dashboard: ACAI develops data management system for field activities and validation of agronomy advice tools

ACAI has developed a dashboard that will be used to curate project activity data and provide a real-time summary of results from field activities as entered by extension agents. The Akilimo Dashboard is a suite of code in R language combined with the Open Data Kit (ODK) data collection tools to form a data processing…

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

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

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (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 conditions, prices of available fertilizers and cassava root produce, planting and harvest dates, and the investment capacity of the farmer. ACAI has been conducting nutrient…

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Cassava farmers in Tanzania to benefit from new industry partnership with ACAI project

At a recent meeting in Tanzania, IITA, through the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) and the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI-Naliendele) agreed to explore areas of collaboration with the Cassava Starch Tanzania Corporation (CSTC). Demand for cassava is increasing as more companies are seeking to process the roots into high-value, starch-rich flour. New processing capacity…

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ACAI and Cassava Weed Management Project merge

ACAI and Cassava Weed Management Project merge

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project and the IITA Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) have become a single project. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funds both projects under its Agricultural Development program. The ACAI project has been carrying out research to develop tools that will increase the availability of appropriate and affordable technologies…

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ACAI introduces ID cards for extension agents and cassava growers

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) has introduced identity cards for cassava growers and extension agents (EA) involved in the project activities.

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