The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) project is a five-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project seeks to increase the availability of appropriate and affordable technologies to sustainably improve short- and long-term agricultural productivity of cassava. ACAI target countries include Nigeria, Tanzania, DRC, Ghana and Uganda. The project is composed of six Work Streams:
(i) Research on cassava growth dynamics, nutrient and water requirements, and responsiveness to inputs,
(ii) Development of a geo-spatial cassava agronomy information base,
(iii) Production and validation of demand-driven decision support tools for cassava agronomy,
(iv) Facilitation of the use of decision support tools to primary and other development initiatives,
(v) Capacity development of national institutions to engage in transformative cassava agronomy R4D and,
(vi) Project governance, management, coordination, and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning.
Within 5 years, building on effective partnerships and engaging national system scientists, ACAI will improve cassava root quality and yields, cassava supply to the processing sector as well as fertilizer sales. During this process, ACAI will engage over 150,000 households including at least 30% women farmers in the target countries and lead to the creation of a value of at least US$ 40 million.