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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.