Category: 2021

Ongoing trials of Rice Hybrids in Tanzania

AATF, the Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), and Hybrid East Africa Limited (HEAL) are conducting a second season on-farm multilocation trial (MLT) to evaluate four AATF/HEAL rice hybrids for adaptability and performance in comparison to the three best commercially released rice inbreds in Tanzania across 5 locations: Babati, Ukiriguru, Kilombero, Morogoro and Mombo.   The […]

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AATF in partnership with ISRA and UNIS to deliver agricultural technologies in Senegal

AATF entered into a tripartide Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Senegalese Institute of Agricultural Research (ISRA) and the National Seed Trade Association (UNIS) in April 2021, to facilitate uptake of appropriate agricultural technologies by the smallholder farmers in the country. This is the start of the implementation of a programme dubbed Development of Crop Value Chains for Agricultural […]

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The man, Denis

By Alex Abutu Denis’ tenure for nearly 10 years as the Executive Director of AATF can be summed up by an Igbo proverb which says the pot produces more content than the mortar but makes no noise about it. Denis is indeed an accomplished son of Africa from Uganda, a country whose natural splendor, magnificence, […]

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AATF Appoints its new Executive Director

[Nairobi, June 21, 2021]:  Dr Canisius K. Kanangire has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) effective 1st July 2021 taking over from Dr Denis T. Kyetere who proceeds on retirement after serving the organization for nearly 10 years A national of Rwanda, Dr. Kanangire obtained his doctorate […]

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AATF, partners unveil landmark insect-resistant cowpea

PBR Cowpea (beans), a genetically modified Cowpea is the product of an international partnership under the coordination of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) that included scientists from the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Released as SAMPEA 20-T variety in Nigeria in December 2019, the PBR Cowpea is the first […]

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Address By Dr Denis T. Kyetere, AATF Executive Director, at the official launch of PBR Cowpea (SAMPEA 20-T) to farmers in Nigeria, on June 29th, 2021.

Today is the big moment that we have been waiting for. The day that Pod borer resistant cowpea will be available for cowpea growers. This event is at the core of AATF mandate of finding and providing appropriate technology for smallholder farmers to boost agricultural production, increased food security, improved nutrition, and alleviating poverty on […]

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BUSINESSAMLIVE: Bt cowpea revenue to hit $638 million by 2026, OFAB director confirms

Biotechnology experts call for urgent adoption of Bt crops The newly released Bt cowpea facilitated by the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) is expected to generate over $638 million into the Nigerian economy within the next six years through its sales alone. Rose Gidado, county director of the biotechnology organisation made the disclosure during […]

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PD Online: Bt maize promises an end to aflatoxin menace

Kenya’s recent ban on maize imports from her two East African neighbors due to high levels of mycotoxins has jolted the national consciousness towards the recurrent danger of toxins in food, while underscoring the need for adoption of safer food production and handling alternatives. Earlier in March, the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) slapped a […]

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