The Deputy Director-General, Partnership for Delivery, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Dr. Kenton Dashiell, has acknowledged the efficient mechanism of the IITA-managed Cassava Weed Management Project during a 30-minute presentation to more than 300 researchers including members of the Board of Trustees of the IITA.
Dashiell’s presentation, which focused on the IITA’s Partnership for Delivery strategy, highlighted the institute’s renewed commitment to impact on farms and how the institute was responding to Africa’s agricultural realities in the context of food security and wealth creation.
“The IITA Cassava Weed Management Project, which began in 2014, has five components—three focusing on research and two on delivery and effective project management.”
The Project Leader, Cassava Weed Management Project, Dr. Alfred Dixon, was quoted as saying that the project had developed an integrated weed control package that was disseminated to farmers using diverse platforms such as traditional and social media, on-farm demonstration, extension agents and spray service providers.
“The integrated weed management technology is today showing farmers the best approaches to control weeds in cassava farming systems, making farming cassava less burdensome, and increasing yields,” the statement said, adding that the project intended to reach at least 125,000 farmers in its life cycle of five years.