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Session 1 1 acai overview and progress with project implementation

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This is a presentation that outlined the ACAI project’s progress, the process of DSTs development and the status of the project and an overview of activities for the last three years of ACAI
Summary of the project - The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative aims at delivering agronomic technologies that improve cassava root yield and quality, and cassava supply to the processing sector, engaging 120,000 farming households through effective partnerships with development partners in Nigeria and Tanzania, supported by the National Agricultural Research Systems, and in collaboration with strategic research institutes. The project consists of six use cases, identified by development partners, and has developed decision support tools, supplying tailored or site-specific recommendations on fertilizer use, fertilizer blend formulations, tillage practices, intercropping and scheduled planting and harvest and high starch content.
The knowledge needed to develop these decision support tools is generated by applying the principles of “Agronomy at Scale”, combining field trials to test and develop best agronomic interventions, modelling to build prediction models, GIS and spatial modelling to extrapolate recommendations across the target intervention area, development of DSTs to supply recommendations through a practical field tool, and extension activities to scale the use of the tools within partner networks.
The implementation progress per six work streams: (i) strategic agronomy research and crop modelling, (ii) geospatial analysis and data management, (iii) DST development, (iv) facilitation of use of the DSTs, (v) Capacity development of national research institutions, (vi) Project governance, management, coordination, and M&E.

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Session 1 1 acai overview and progress with project implementation

  1. 1. An overview and progress with project implementation www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org
  2. 2. The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative Purpose and objectives of ACAI ACAI works around priority use cases identified by development partners, and has developed decision support tools, supplying tailored or site-specific recommendations on fertilizer use, fertilizer blend formulations, tillage practices, intercropping, and scheduled planting and harvest. The knowledge needed to develop these decision support tools is generated by applying the principles of “Agronomy at Scale”. The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative aims at delivering agronomic technologies that improve cassava root yield and quality, and cassava supply to the processing sector, engaging 120,000 farming households through effective partnerships with development partners in Nigeria and Tanzania, supported by the National Agricultural Research Systems, and in collaboration with strategic research institutes. www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org
  3. 3. General approach www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Develop and facilitate use of site-specific agronomy recommendations at scale… Understanding of A × E interactions (Agronomy × Environment) Extrapolate recommendations across target intervention area Supply recommendations Practical field tool Model processes Build prediction models Scale the use of the tools within partner networks
  4. 4. The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative Project outcomes www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org Target: +2,500 tonnes new cassava fertilizer blends +8 t/ha additional cassava root yield +2 t/ha additional cassava root yield, and +500 kg/ha additional intercrop yield +4 t/ha additional cassava root yield (or equivalent cost saving) +10 tonnes additional supply of cassava roots to the processing industry +5 tonnes additional supply of cassava starch to the processing industry Number of households impacted: NA 28,200 42,900 35,100 6,563 7,700 Value generated [M USD]: 2.3 2.2 3.9 2.1 3.3 2.9
  5. 5. ACAI – 6 work streams (WS) www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org WS1: Research on cassava growth dynamics, nutrient and water requirements, and responsiveness to inputs WS2: Development of a geo-spatial cassava agronomy information base WS3: Production and validation of demand-driven decision support tools for cassava agronomy WS4: Facilitation of the use of decision support tools to primary and other development initiatives WS5: Capacity development of national institutions to engage in transformative cassava agronomy R4D WS6: Project governance, management, coordination, and M&E
  6. 6. WS4 Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Yr 4 Yr 5 V0 V1 V2 WS3WS2WS1 Lit Rev >200 FR trials QUEFTSmodelling Cassavaclusterscoping/planning/campaigns Demos dissemination Training/communication >200 FR trials VF Geospatiallayers Samplingframes Nutrientnorms >160 NOm trials >160 NOm trials Spatialanalysis Recommendationdomains Yieldgapmaps Work flow use case Site-specific fertilizer recommendations >100EAs >200EAs
  7. 7. WS1 – Agronomy research www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Literature review OP2: Fertilizer response curves OP3: Nutrient norms OP4: Growth models OP5: QUEFTS OP6: Agronomy and starch
  8. 8. WS1 – Agronomy research www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Literature review OP2: Fertilizer response curves OP3: Nutrient norms OP4: Growth models OP5: QUEFTS OP6: Agronomy and starch
  9. 9. WS1 – Agronomy research www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Literature review OP2: Fertilizer response curves OP3: Nutrient norms OP4: Growth models OP5: QUEFTS OP6: Agronomy and starch 1,455 field trial locations 2,326 trials 1,449 399 229 249 28,371 yield assessments
  10. 10. WS1 – Agronomy research www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Literature review OP2: Fertilizer response curves OP3: Nutrient norms OP4: Growth models OP5: QUEFTS OP6: Agronomy and starch Nutrient norms developed
  11. 11. WS1 – Agronomy research www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Literature review OP2: Fertilizer response curves OP3: Nutrient norms OP4: Growth models OP5: QUEFTS OP6: Agronomy and starch LINTUL
  12. 12. WS1 – Agronomy research www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Literature review OP2: Fertilizer response curves OP3: Nutrient norms OP4: Growth models OP5: QUEFTS OP6: Agronomy and starch
  13. 13. WS1 – Agronomy research www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Literature review OP2: Fertilizer response curves OP3: Nutrient norms OP4: Growth models OP5: QUEFTS OP6: Agronomy and starch 3,775 starch measurements
  14. 14. WS2 – Geospatial information base www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Sampling frames OP2: GIS layers OP3: Yield gap maps / baseline OP4: Recommendation domains OP5: Database infrastructure
  15. 15. WS2 – Geospatial information base www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Sampling frames OP2: GIS layers OP3: Yield gap maps / baseline OP4: Recommendation domains OP5: Database infrastructure Rigid, GIS-assisted sampling frame SOP, maximizing representativeness
  16. 16. WS2 – Geospatial information base www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Sampling frames OP2: GIS layers OP3: Yield gap maps / baseline OP4: Recommendation domains OP5: Database infrastructure Crop mask + current & attainable yield and crop calendars based on crop models
  17. 17. WS2 – Geospatial information base www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Sampling frames OP2: GIS layers OP3: Yield gap maps / baseline OP4: Recommendation domains OP5: Database infrastructure NG TZ ‘Treated’ HHs 1260 800 Control HHs 550 440 Baseline stage 1-2 completed, stage 3 60% completed
  18. 18. WS2 – Geospatial information base www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Sampling frames OP2: GIS layers OP3: Yield gap maps / baseline OP4: Recommendation domains OP5: Database infrastructure
  19. 19. WS2 – Geospatial information base www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Sampling frames OP2: GIS layers OP3: Yield gap maps / baseline OP4: Recommendation domains OP5: Database infrastructure ODK / ONA / ENKETO / R / R-Shiny
  20. 20. WS3 – DST development www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Use cases identified OP2: Fertilizer blending application OP3: Site-specific fertilizer app OP4: Best planting practices app OP5: Intercropping app OP6: Scheduled planting app OP7: High starch app OP8: Apps for tier 2 countries
  21. 21. WS3 – DST development www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Use cases identified OP2: Fertilizer blending application OP3: Site-specific fertilizer app OP4: Best planting practices app OP5: Intercropping app OP6: Scheduled planting app OP7: High starch app OP8: Apps for tier 2 countries V2 developed for each use case
  22. 22. WS3 – DST development www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Use cases identified OP2: Fertilizer blending application OP3: Site-specific fertilizer app OP4: Best planting practices app OP5: Intercropping app OP6: Scheduled planting app OP7: High starch app OP8: Apps for tier 2 countries V2: validated tools In different formats
  23. 23. WS4 – Facilitating use of DSTs www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Grassroot events OP2: Training videos OP3: Capacity development of EAs OP4: Awareness campaigns OP5: Cassava clusters
  24. 24. WS4 – Facilitating use of DSTs www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Grassroot events OP2: Training videos OP3: Capacity development of EAs OP4: Awareness campaigns OP5: Cassava clusters
  25. 25. WS4 – Facilitating use of DSTs www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Grassroot events OP2: Training videos OP3: Capacity development of EAs OP4: Awareness campaigns OP5: Cassava clusters
  26. 26. WS4 – Facilitating use of DSTs www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Grassroot events OP2: Training videos OP3: Capacity development of EAs OP4: Awareness campaigns OP5: Cassava clusters
  27. 27. WS4 – Facilitating use of DSTs www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Grassroot events OP2: Training videos OP3: Capacity development of EAs OP4: Awareness campaigns OP5: Cassava clusters ACAI @ AGRA-Innovate
  28. 28. WS4 – Facilitating use of DSTs www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Grassroot events OP2: Training videos OP3: Capacity development of EAs OP4: Awareness campaigns OP5: Cassava clusters
  29. 29. WS5 – Capacity building www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Agronomy research capacity OP2: Database management OP3: GIS / geospatial analyses OP4: Project management OP5: Soil and plant analyses
  30. 30. WS5 – Capacity building www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Agronomy research capacity OP2: Database management OP3: GIS / geospatial analyses OP4: Project management OP5: Soil and plant analyses
  31. 31. WS6 – Project management www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Project staff OP2: reporting framework OP3: ME&L framework OP4: Planning meetings OP5: Communication
  32. 32. WS6 – Project management www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Project staff OP2: reporting framework OP3: ME&L framework OP4: Planning meetings OP5: Communication Tracking project progress against milestones
  33. 33. WS6 – Project management www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org OP1: Project staff OP2: reporting framework OP3: ME&L framework OP4: Planning meetings OP5: Communication www.acai-project.org
  34. 34. Thank you very much !!! Questions and discussion www.iita.org | www.cgiar.org | www.acai-project.org

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