ACAI has released its first field test version of the Akilimo decision support system in paper and application format. These will be used by extension agents to help cassava farmers in Nigeria and Tanzania optimize their productivity and income from cassava growing. The name Akilimo is coined from a combination of two Swahili words Akili meaning Smart/Intelligent and Kilimo meaning Agriculture which loosely translates to smart agriculture. The Akilimo is an ingenious system developed over the course of a three to four-year research and development process to provide site-specific recommendations depending on the farmers’ needs and cropping objectives. Read more