African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) Cement Ties With Partners

The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project has
stepped up efforts in cultivating and fostering the right
partnerships in its cardinal aim of reducing the cassava
yield gap in Africa.
The ACAI project team from inception realized the
importance of partnerships, and is sparing no effort in
ensuring effective collaboration among partners from the
experimental phase to the development, and use of the
tools that will support appropriate management of
cassava to realize the crop’s fullest potential on farmers’
The project has engaged key actors in Nigeria and Tanzania
ranging from farmers, researchers, extension services,
development workers, processors as well as input dealers
notably fertilizer manufacturing companies.
Dr Abdulai Jalloh, ACAI Project Coordinator , said the main
aim is to establish contact among relevant actors for
considerations for learning and information sharing that
will benefit the participating partners associated with ACAI.
The Africa Soil Health Consortium in collaboration with the
Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)
(partners under ACAI) is leading the engagement of key
stakeholders in target countries as the project establishes
cassava clusters.
Dr Jalloh noted that even though the entry point of ACAI is
to address yield gap, it is imperative for strategic
considerations of the cassava value chain and inclusiveness
of all concerned.
According to him, ACAI is conscious of the mistakes of past
interventions where bottlenecks were considered in
isolation irrespective of other existing ones and even those
that could occur as a result of concentrating on only one
He emphasized that ACAI would direct efforts towards
reducing the yield gap, which would eventually increase
cassava production while ensuring impacts along the value
chain with a view to having a sustainable improvement in
cassava production, processing, and utilization, and impact
on overall economic development of individuals,
communities, and countries.
Mr James Watiti of CABI, who is leading the establishment
of cassava value chain clusters, emphasized that it was
very crucial to bring all stakeholders together and hold a
meaningful conversation in an open manner.

Source: Vanguard News

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