Category: 2020

AATF to lead African Seed and Biotechnology Platform of the African Union

By George Achia. The African Union Commission (AUC) has nominated the AATF to lead the Commission’s Working Group on Research, Variety Development and Seed Production of the African Seed and Biotechnology Platform (ASB Platform). The Platform is a strategic tool to coordinate the African Seed and Biotechnology Programme (ASBP) geared towards establishment of effective and […]

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Partnership to mainstream gender and nutrition into AATF programmes

By Alex Abutu The AATF and Tanager announced a two-year partnership agreement (2020 – 2022) aimed at integrating nutrition and mainstreaming gender into the Foundation’s Nutrition, Food Quality and Post-Harvest Management Impact Area. The partnership will help AATF integrate strategies towards gender equality and nutrition integration in its operations. Tanager, through the Impacting Gender and […]

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Governments urged to integrate biotechnology into Africa’s agricultural development

By George Achia African governments, regional economic communities, and development agencies have been urged to strengthen and harmonize biotechnology policies and biosafety regulations to create an enabling environment for biotechnology development in Africa. It was revealed that less than 30 per cent of African countries have functional biosafety frameworks and the number of biotech products […]

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Digital agriculture solutions offer hope to smallholder farmers

By George Achia AATF explores digital agriculture solutions that could impact livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Africa. Digital technologies and innovations have been identified as key solutions to improving farmer productivity. Access to market and increase in agricultural productivity have been identified as the most viable areas where adoption of digital agriculture solutions has the […]

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Rice study shows farmers still facing a myriad of challenges

By Alex Abutu Smallholder rice farmers in Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria are still faced with a number of challenges including relying on rain-fed farming; use of farmer-saved seeds for subsequent production; lack of machinery to support commercialisation of rice production; and low use of fertilizers, a survey reveals. The study further shows that with climate […]

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THE SUN: Tela maize records promising result in Nigeria’s trial

Nigeria’s quest to introduce maize varieties resistant to insects/pests such as Stem Borer and Fall Army Worm (FAW) and drought recorded promising result at the confined field trials (CFT) currently being conducted at the research farms of the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Samaru, Zaria. The trial carried out in partnership with the African Agricultural Technology […]

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