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

“We should remember that these kinds of investments not only save lives, improve livelihoods, and promote stability – they also save money in the long run. These are long-term efforts that require long-term commitments.”
-Bill Gates on accepting World Food Programme’s USA McGovern Leadership Award

We believe that use of appropriate technology can improve agricultural productivity in Africa

  • We support farmers in Africa and especially smallholder farmers in their quest for access to the best agricultural technology.
  • By uniting key stakeholders, we have positioned technology transfer as a priority for Africa’s agricultural progress.
  • Better access to agricultural technologies will boost the productivity of smallholder farmers.

We focus on achieving real meaningful change for farmers

Diversifying agricultural technologies for our SSA farmers

Seed and non-seed, mechanical and digital, including innovations and know-how from around the world, that will improve agricultural productivity and enhance nutritional value and post-harvest management of staple and selected non-staple crops.

Accelerating commercialisation of agricultural technologies for improved farmer livelihoods

Building capabilities of private sector to enhance their speed and effectiveness to deliver agricultural technologies to smallholder farmers for realization of significant impact at farmer level.

Creating an enabling environment for increased uptake and use of agricultural technologies in SSA

Addressing policy and regulatory bottlenecks and market failures affecting the introduction of agricultural technologies and supporting emergence of efficient market systems and sound science-based regulatory systems that will deliver safe technologies to market while protecting human and environmental health.

Our Goal

We aim to reach 16 million smallholder farmers by 2022 through our activities and those of our partners.

We will drive expanded access, availability and use of innovative technologies to reach 40% of the countries in SSA and increase the incomes of farmers adopting AATF technologies by 20%.

"AATF is showing real promise and is a problem solver in bringing innovative technologies to smallholder famers in an accessible, sustainable form." -Sir Gordon Conway