ICT4BXW project – control and prevention of of BXW in Rwanda

The problem that is being tackled

Poor information access on status , severity, and control of BXW

Conceptual heat map for BXW status in Rwanda based on [near-] real-time incidence report.

The CIALCA solution

Surveillance and Control tool (app+platform)

How it contributes to improving livelihoods

The app and platform is expected to improve agriculture-based livelihoods in Central Africa by addressing a major disease (Banana Xanthomonas Wilt – BXW) problem which is ravaging banana stands. Banana is a popular crop in the region and it is a major source of nutrition and income for farmers. Inability to assess BXW incidence and severity or to provide information directly to farmers regarding effective control methods is extenuating banana production systems and compomising livelihood of farmers. We expect that our innovation will democratize information access and support for monitoring.

CIALCA Pillars

Pillar 1: Partnerships and policies Pillar 2: Capacity Development Pillar 3: Innovation development and use
We are implementing demo trials for BXW control in partnership with Rwanda Agricultural Board. 2 PhDs are currently linked to the project; 10 RAB Technicians have been trained in the use of ICT tool for data collection. We are implementing a participatory and inclusive technology design (PITD) approach to develop the BXW tool.

Must-read publication

If you want to learn more about BXW management in Central Africa, then please read:

Mariette Mc Campbella, Marc Schut, Inge Van den Bergh, Boudy van Schagen, Bernard Vanlauwe, Guy Blomme, Svetlana Gaidashova, Emmanuel Njukwe, Cees Leeuwis (2017). Xanthomonas Wilt of Banana (BXW) in Central Africa: Opportunities, challenges, and pathways for citizen science and ICT-based control and prevention strategies.

More info and outputs

Julius Adewopo, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (j.adewopo@cgiar.org)


This work stream is implemented in collaboration with:

  • International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA),
  • Bioversity International,
  • Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB),
  • Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO)