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PRESS RELEASE: Nigeria commercializes GM maize varieties

(Nigeria, Ibadan: January 12, 2024) The Federal government of Nigeria has approved the commercial release of transgenic insect-resistant and drought-tolerant maize varieties, known as TELA maize. The approval was granted by the National Committee on Naming, Registration and Release of Crop Varieties, Livestock Breeds/Fisheries (NCNRRCVLF) headed by Prof Olusoji Olufajo at its 33rd meeting at […]

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International research collaboration aims to boost food security for Africa through crop improvement

St. Louis, Mo. [KT1] (January 5, 2024) — A group of scientists and agricultural leaders across three continents have joined together to develop improved crop varieties that meet the specific needs and circumstances of smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. The alliance brings together African research organizations including Ghana’s Savanna Agricultural Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and […]

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PRESS RELEASE: AATF named winner of the prestigious Al-Sumait Prize for African Development

The prize recognizes innovative initiatives that advance Africa’s economic and social development.  [Nairobi, Kenya; November 2023] AATF was announced as the joint winner of the 2022 Al-Sumait Prize for African Development for empowering smallholder farmers across 24 African countries to access agricultural technologies that can address challenges related to farm productivity and resilience to the […]

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The scientists are right! TELA Maize is showing superior qualities in the field.

(Kaduna, Nigeria: September 13, 2023) Prof. Ishiyaku Mohammed, Executive Director of the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria, has called on farmers to continue to trust scientists who work daily to improve agricultural productivity on the African continent. Prof. Mohammed gave the charge while addressing farmers at the Seeing-Is-Believing tour organized by the TELA Maize […]

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Biotechnology offers hope in delivering potatoes free from devastating late blight disease

[Nairobi, Kenya; August 2023] A group of international and national researchers working on a biotech potato project are upbeat in developing and delivering potato varieties that are free from the destructive late blight disease in Kenya. The researchers are currently evaluating the prospects of four genetically modified biotech potato varieties through Confined Field Trials (CFTs) […]

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Fostering biotechnology adoption for a more food-secure Africa

The adoption of biotechnology and complementary innovative technologies can catalyse productivity transformation and improve food system resilience in the developing world. By Emmanuel Okogbenin Climate change is a complex phenomenon with multifarious dimensions that leaves in its wake a chain of diverse challenges and interactions that results in a series of highly damaging effects and […]

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SEEDAN Seeks AATF Support to Revive Nigeria’s Seed Sector

(Abuja: September 14, 2023) The umbrella body for all seed companies in Nigeria, SEEDAN is soliciting the support of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) to strengthen the seed sub-sector and place the issues of quality seeds as a priority for the government. The newly elected President of SEEDAN, Mr. Yusuf Kibiya who made the […]

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Africa needs technologies to improve agricultural productivity

(Nigeria, Abuja: August 30, 2023): Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has said that inadequate integration of technologies in the agricultural sector in Africa has contributed to low yields and increased post-harvest losses. Dr. Jonathan said this during his official unveiling as AATF Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony […]

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Former Nigeria President H.E. GOODLUCK JONATHAN TO ATTEND THE #ACAT2023

His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is the former President, the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. He began his political career in 1999 when he was first elected Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State and was decorated with the Best Performing Deputy Governor Award by the Institute of Public Administrators of Nigeria in […]

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NEWS: Greater access to agri-tech offers Kenya an opportunity to scale up production

Agriculture plays a pivotal role in Kenya’s economic agenda, contributing significantly to employment, food security, and economic growth. It’s a key pillar in the government’s Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA), which promises to unleash the potential of agricultural value chains to fuel prosperity and improve the living standards of Kenyans. Kenya’s Agricultural Sector Transformation and […]

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