African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI)
ACAI is a 5 year Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project in 5 countries in Africa (Nigeria, Tanzania, DRC, Ghana and Kenya) aiming to increase the availability of appropriate and affordable technologies to sustainably improve short and long-term agricultural productivity in cassava in the target countries.
The Vision of Success of ACAI is to deliver the necessary knowledge base and tools for accessing this knowledge to cassava scaling partners and ultimately farmers in the target countries while instituting the necessary capacity and skills for national system scientists to engage in transformative cassava agronomy.
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 $ 40 million.