Category: 2024

Youth farmer Edelqueen Anyiso’s story of resilience in growing TAAT-promoted drought-tolerant maize varieties

Twenty-five-year-old Edlqueen Anyiso’s story of resilience in growing drought-tolerant and climate-smart maize varieties aptly embodies a determined, young small-scale farmer out to improve her livelihoods. She shared her inspiring journey with a team from AATF during a recent visit to Western Kenya, in an event that brought together over 200 women to learn about the […]

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Margaret Shitandi: Growing high-yielding hybrid maize varieties has helped me to improve my household income

A team from AATF celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day with more than 200 women farmers at an event hosted by the County Government of Kakamega in Western Kenya. They interacted with the farmers on the benefits of growing DroughTEGO hybrids being promoted by AATF through the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) Maize project. […]

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PRESS RELEASE: AATF Hosts Second Biosafety Regulators Retreat

Open dialogue among biosafety regulators a precursor to progressive regulation in Africa [South Africa, April 13, 2024)]: AATF and the African Research Council (ARC) of South Africa hosted the second biosafety regulators retreat attended by 57delegates from 16 African countries. The retreat, held in Pretoria, South Africa from 8-13 April 2024, was initiated by AATF’s […]

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Mastering Crisis Communication in Biotechnology Regulation: Insights from the Africa Biosafety Regulators Retreat

In the dynamic landscape of biotechnology regulation in Africa, the ability to effectively communicate during crises is indispensable. Yet, many organizations find themselves ill-equipped to navigate such challenges with confidence and precision. Crisis communication within the realm of biotechnology regulation demands a strategic blend of agility, accuracy, and trust maintenance, underscoring the imperative for proactive […]

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PRESS RELEASE: AATF strengthens capacity in Phytosanitary Excellence for African seed experts

[Nakuru, Kenya, March 2024]: AATF in collaboration with Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) conducted a five-day capacity training for seed analysts and inspectors from Mali, Chad, Niger, and DRC at the KEPHIS Nairobi and Nakuru facilities. The training of trainers aims to improve Seed Certification and Seed testing  processes in the countries represented towards […]

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Reflections: 20 years of improving seed systems in Africa

Jonga Munyaradzi, Seed Production Manager, AATF AATF was founded on the premise of delivering to smallholder farmers a diversity of improved varieties and high-quality seeds of their preferred crops that are adaptive to climate change and related biotic and abiotic stresses. This was driven by the fact that at its inception in 2003, millions of […]

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