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.
ACAI Welcomes New Partnerships to Scale AKILIMO in Tanzania
ACAI project continues to increase its partnerships as part of the steps taken to expand and strengthen the scaling and dissemination of AKILIMO tools. In March, several partners from different segments of the cassava value chain in Tanzania joined the project after a series of discussions and agreements through memoranda of understanding with ACAI.
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.
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.
ACAI team reflects on progress made in first quarter
Members of the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) met in Nigeria to discuss and evaluate on the progress made in the first quarter of the year, 2019, across the different components of the project otherwise known as Work Streams. The
TAAT and ACAI trains stakeholders on Good Agronomy Technology Practice
The Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) project in collaboration with the African Cassava Agronomy Initiatives (ACAI) conducted a training on the Good Agricultural Technologies’ Practices (GATP) and Mechanization for cassava stakeholders in Mkuranga, Eastern Zone Tanzania. The training is
YARA Tanzania to partner with ACAI on dissemination of agronomy advice tools
YARA Tanzania, a subsidiary of the global fertilizer conglomerate Yara International AS has agreed to partner with ACAI in the dissemination the cassava agronomy decision support tools. ACAI has been doing research to develop a suite agronomy advice tools to
Point of View: Dr Meklit Chernet reflection on the ICT4D 2019 conference
The 11th Information Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) was held between April 30, and May 3, 2019, in Kampala Uganda. The conference brought together key stakeholder in information technology and research across the globe to share and reflect on the
Akilimo Dashboard: ACAI develops a 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
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 conditions, prices of available fertilizers and cassava root produce, planting and harvest dates and