Finally, ACAI and IITA-CWMP adopt Cassava Matters as common platform for communication


The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI) and the IITA Cassava Weed Management Project (IITA-CWMP) have adopted a new name (Cassava Matters) for information dissemination as part of efforts to have a unified communication front. Dr Bernard Vanlauwe, who first muted the idea, believes that the coming together of the two projects would engender efficiency and better use of resources. Drs Alfred Dixon and Abdulai Jalloh who are leading IITA-CWMP and ACAI respectively endorsed the plan as a step in the right direction. The common platform will also provide communication support to the newly launched Cassava Seed Systems project also known as Building an Economically Sustainable, Integrated Seed System for Cassava in Nigeria (BASICS). Hemant Nitturkar, Project Coordinator of BASICS, notes that “unless all pieces of the whole cassava value chain jigsaw puzzle fall in place at the same time, none of the individual parts like seed systems, or weed management, or agronomy or processing would sustainably succeed.”

9 thoughts on “Finally, ACAI and IITA-CWMP adopt Cassava Matters as common platform for communication

  1. Taiwo Oduola

    I am a private sector oriented farm radio broadcaster with years of experience in broadcasting new farm technologies, and relationship with many Research Institutes & Development projects. I will like to interface with the various technologies developed to tackle weeds in cassava farms or weeds control in cassava agronomy. Short messages can be developed for radio broadcast for farmers benefit.

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    1. Timilehin Osunde Post author

      Good morning,

      Thank you for contacting us.
      You can join the Project’s social media platforms where we upload content and information on our various activities as well.

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  2. Deusdedit Peter Mlay

    This is a brilliant idea not only in cassava also in other crops should follow the same path. It is common to find breeders, agronomist, processors, economists, etc, addressing a certain crop but working independently. This has led into delayed if not failed in improvement of the said crop in question.

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  3. Ajibade Ismaila Amole

    Hello sir,

    We have rural communities that are mainly farmers cultivating cassava and maize on yearly basis at Ilaro -Idogo – Itoro axis of Yewa South Local Government of Ogun state and we don’t have the luxury of having a demonstration plot for other farmers to see the effectiveness of cassava weed Management in this axis.

    I will voluntarily give between one acre to one hectare of my farmland freely for demonstration plot even if you want more for farmers along this axis to benefit from research findings.

    My farm ” Ajibade Abobiosan Farms ” is located along Ilaro – Idogo road, Idogo being centrally placed between Ilaro and Itoro where majority of agrarian farmers practice and reside.

    My contact number is 08055653691.

    Give us the benefit to gain from research findings and with resources within our reach we can feed the whole state.

    Thank you

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    1. Timilehin Osunde Post author

      Good morning,

      Would you like to be added to the whatsapp group? We are also on several social media platforms that you can join as well to learn about our activities and other opportunities.
      Thank you for contacting us.

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    2. Timilehin Osunde Post author

      Good morning, The project had already selected locations based on several factors since inception. We do hope that if and when there is need for an expansion we would most likely take up your offer. Thank you very much.

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  4. Abdullahi Shuaib

    Good morning,
    I work for an Agro processing company as the Agric manager where we process cassava to starch.
    It would gladden my heart to be part of your research project and possibly if I can be added to your whatsapp group for more information. This would enable me add value to our farmers in our outgrowers scheme which I’m involved in.
    My number is 07069128177
    Thanks.

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    1. Timilehin Osunde Post author

      Presently, the Whatsapp group has reached its limit but you can join the facebook group also called Cassavamatters where you can interact with farmers and scientists as well. Thank you.

      Reply

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