The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) and IITA Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) have announced plans to have a common communication platform. Both projects are supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and also led by IITA.
The aim is to empower farmers with the knowledge and information that will help transform rural livelihoods. The idea of a joint communication platform was initiated by Dr Bernard Vanlauwe, IITA Director for Central Africa, who sees communication as a vital tool for changing lives.
“No matter what we do, if we don’t communicate, we won’t make impact at farm levels. So, we must communicate our science,” Dr Vanlauwe said during the launch of the ACAI project recently. Project Leaders of ACAI and IITA CWMP (Drs Abdulai Jalloh and Alfred Dixon)
endorsed the initiative of having a common platform.
“I see this as a win-win situation,” Dr Jalloh said.
Both ACAI and IITA-CWMP aim to raise the productivity of cassava in Africa which currently averages 10–11 tons per hectare, well below attainable yields of over 30 tons per hectare.
Godwin Atser, Communication & Knowledge Exchange Expert will lead the
implementation of the joint platform.