Managing natural resources

Applying good agricultural technology practices to increase cassava production

  • October 16, 2020

In many sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, cassava yields are relatively low owing to the low adoption of good agronomic practices and other technologies for intensification. It is projected that an increase of 7.93 t/ha (70%) would be required to fill the SSA food gap by 2025. The Cassava Compact Project, financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the framework of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), seeks to achieve rapid cassava intensification through raising farm-level productivity, improving the efficiency of processing, and increasing market opportunities....

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Partners drive use of AKILIMO and uptake of agronomy recommendations

  • October 16, 2020

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project has developed and deployed AKILIMO in southern Nigeria and Tanzania. AKILIMO is a suite of decision support tools (DSTs, Fig. 1) that provides tailored recommendations to farmers and extension service providers based on digital soil and weather data combined with market and price information, and farmers’ cropping objectives and risk attitude. They are available in diverse formats: digital to conventional paper-based.   This innovation has been validated for function, confirming that using the tool effectively results in net revenue...

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