Category: Blog

GUARDIAN NIGERIA: IAR, AATF to enhance food security with new Tela Maize

Determined to improved maize production in Nigeria, the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in collaboration with African Agricultural Technology Foundation, (AATF) will soon release Tela maize, a new variety crop in Nigeria. The new Tela Maize, first Genetically Modified Organisms GMO, fortified to resist pest and tolerate drought, is expected to […]

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NATION NIGERIA: TELA maize’s progress in field trials

The ongoing research on the TELA maize project, a new maize variety which is water-efficient, drought-tolerant and also fights insects and pest such as fall armyworm, has progressed significantly at the research farms of the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Samaru, Zaria. JULIANA AGBO writes on the success recorded so far from the Confined Field Trials (CFT). […]

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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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