Category: 2021

PRESS RELEASE: Nigeria set to deregulate TELA Maize variety, …… resistant to fall armyworm (FAW), stem borer, and drought

[Abuja: October 8, 2021] Efforts to avail smallholder farmers in Nigeria with maize variety that combines drought tolerance, insect resistance, and other important yield and disease resistance traits to enhance food security have started yielding positive results. Scientists at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in collaboration with the African Agricultural Technology […]

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Agricultural transformation cannot take root in Africa without an enabling business environment

Creating an enabling environment for agriculture is a prerequisite to unleash the sector’s potential to boost growth, provide food and nutrition security and reduce poverty, said Dr. Francis Nang’ayo, the head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at AATF during the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) congress held in Mombasa, Kenya. Dr. Nang’ayo said that an […]

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PRESS RELEASE: AATF warns misinformation could erode gains made in biotech development in Africa

[Nairobi, October 7, 2021]:  Availability of information on agricultural biotechnology is critical for the adoption of biotech crops in the African farming system, said Dr. Canisius Kanangire, the Executive Director of AATF during the Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication Symposium (ABBC), 2021. Dr. Kanangire said that several studies have alluded to the role of communication and […]

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The Government of Kenya, AATF to co-host global symposium on tropical root and tuber crops

Root and tuber crops are important food crops that have gained increased importance due to their role in food security, and ability to withstand drought as well as their potential for commercial processing, said Prof. Hamadi Boga, the Principal Secretary, State Department for Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries. Prof. Boga said that […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Building resilience to agricultural shocks will improve productivity

[Nairobi, September 9, 2021]:  Establishing an enabling environment with appropriate policies, regulations, institutions, and markets to drive the adoption of innovations is key to building agricultural resilience in Africa, said Dr. Canisius Kanangire, the Executive Director of AATF during the 11th African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) virtual Summit 2021. Speaking during a panel session on […]

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SEEDS2B Project delivers seed-based technologies to farmers to improve productivity

Four new varieties of soybean and six of groundnuts were released in Malawi awaiting certified seed production by the private sector.   The Government of Malawi through the Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS) joined hands with private companies to conduct demonstration trials and field days to promote the new varieties among farmers and seed companies. […]

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Tanzanian farmers to benefit from high yielding hybrid rice varieties

AATF, the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), and Hybrid East Africa Limited (HEAL) conducted a second season on-farm multilocation trial (MLT) to evaluate four rice hybrids for adaptability and performance in comparison to the three best commercially released rice inbreds in Tanzania across five locations: Babati, Ukiriguru, Kilombero, Morogoro and Mombo in July 2021.   […]

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AATF, partners unveil landmark insect resistant cowpea

[KANO: July 07, 2021] Nigeria has achieved a major milestone in the history of agricultural research and development with the official launch and release for commercialization of the transgenic Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea at a well-attended occasion held on June 29 in Kano, Northwestern Nigeria. PBR Cowpea (beans), a genetically modified Cowpea is the […]

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NABDA applauds AATF, IAR for delivering PBR Cowpea to farmers

Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, Director General, National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) has commended AATF and IAR for the successful release and launching of the PBR Cowpea as a variety in Nigeria. Prof. Mustapha said that the successful launch of the PBR Cowpea has put Nigeria in the global league of countries that apply science and technology […]

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