AATF and CCARDESA to help improve food security and livelihoods for African farmers.

Dr Cliff Dlamini, the CCARDESA Executive Director, and Dr Canisius Kanangire, the Executive Director of AATF, during the signing of the MoU at the Durban International Conventional Centre in Durban, South Africa, in June 2023. Photo Source: AATF

[Durban, South Africa, June 8, 2023]:  AATF and the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) have today announced a partnership agreement that seeks to upscale agricultural technologies to address farming challenges affecting key staple crops in Africa including rice, cassava, and maize.

The two organizations will utilise their knowledge and resources to implement agricultural and food security initiatives in CCARDESA countries.

The CCARDESA Executive Director, Prof. Cliff Dlamini, stated that, the two organisations will leverage each other’s competitive advantage for the improvement of Africa’s agricultural vision and agenda.  

“By bringing together the best minds in agriculture and food security, the collaboration will help create an enabling environment for adoption of agricultural technologies in Africa, including development of policies and programs on food security,’ said Prof. Dlamini 

According to Dr. Canisius Kanangire, the Executive Director of AATF, the partnership agreement with CCARDESA will help realise impactful engagements that will assist farmers in Africa improve their food security and livelihoods through creation, dissemination and adoption of value adding technology that will contribute to improved crop yields, knowledge sharing and empowerment especially of youth and women.

He added that smallholder farmers in Africa continue to face various constraints that hinder their ability to increase their yields, improve their incomes, and contribute to food security.

According to Dr. Kanangire, the situation can change by investing in new farming technology for Africa—from better seeds to digital tools to machinery—which hold promise for transforming African agriculture into an engine of economic growth that will have benefits far beyond the farm sector.

He noted that AATF is committed to building partnerships with continental including governments, national and international research institutions, farmer organisations, the private sector and all players along the agriculture value chain, to deliver agricultural value to our farmers.

The partnership will focus on increasing food production, improving access to markets, and promoting economic growth in rural areas. In addition, the agreement will enhance knowledge sharing to improve understanding and uptake of innovative technologies by fostering and advocating for harmonization of policies, especially seed policies in the region.


About AATF (www.aatf-africa.org)

Founded in 2003 to address Africa’s food security prospects through agricultural technology, AATF believes that the agricultural sector is a key foundational pillar as Africa consolidates its economic growth and carves out its new position as a major global economic powerhouse and the next growth market in the world. It was formed in response to the need for an effective mechanism that would facilitate and support negotiation for technology access and delivery and formation of appropriate partnerships to manage the development & deployment of innovative technologies for use by smallholder farmers in SSA:


The Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) was founded by SADC member states to harmonise the implementation of agricultural research and development (R&D) in the SADC region. CCARDESA intends to address agricultural research and design issues in the SADC region through the following interventions:

  • Coordinating implementation of regional agricultural R&D programmes
  • Facilitating collaboration among stakeholders of the national agricultural research systems (NARS)
  • Promoting public – private partnerships in regional agricultural R&D
  • Improving agricultural technology generation, dissemination and adoption in the region through collective efforts, training and capacity building

For more information contact:

George Achia, Communications Officer, East and Southern Africa, AATF; G.achia@aatf-africa.org ; +254 785 334163

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