A new initiative has been launched by CIAT to improve the current DSSAT Cassava Model (CROPSIM-Cassava).
In August 2012, a meeting was held at the CIAT headquarter in Cali, Colombia, between crop modelers and physiologists from CIAT, and the maintainers and developers of the model. A stronger collaboration was built and roles were defined for each of the institutions and researchers, with CIAT taking a leading role in the model development and evaluation. Further steps on model development will include:
- the final cleaning of the current cassava module
- the analysis of species, ecotype and cultivar coefficients
- the incorporation of any new required routines to account for processes not already in DSSAT
- a final phase of model evaluation