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Experts show how biotechnology is key to food, nutrition and financial security in Africa

[Nairobi, September 28, 2022]:  Africa needs the right policy environment to harness and optimise benefits accruing from agricultural biotechnology, innovation and emerging technologies for rural economic transformation, AATF Executive Director Dr. Canisius Kanangire, has said. Addressing the 7th Calestous Juma Executive Dialogue (CJED) forum on Nutrition and Food Security held in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Kanangire […]

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AATF gets grant to monitor PBR cowpea

[ABUJA: September 5, 2022] The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research has awarded AATF a grant of 250,000 Australian dollars for the dissemination and monitoring of the pod-borer resistant (PBR) cowpea variety in Nigeria. The variety, Sampea 20-T, was developed and released to overcome a major yield limitation in cowpea in Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina […]

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AATF urges extension agents to help farmers boost productivity

(ABUJA, September 8, 2022) AATF’s Regional Representative for West Africa, Dr Jean Baptiste Tignegre, has challenged extension agents to help farmers to harness technologies and best agronomic practices to improve productivity and end hunger. Opening the North-Central Sensitisation Programme for Farmers and Extension Agents on Biotechnology in Abuja, Nigeria, Dr Tignegre said new technologies and […]

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Africa’s biotechnology heroes celebrated on OFAB Day in Accra, Ghana

September 28, 2022 The Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) has honoured Africans who have contributed to the accelerated development of biotechnology to increase agricultural productivity in the continent. OFAB, a project of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), awarded the nominees during a ceremony to mark the 2nd OFAB Day, an annual event held […]

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PBR Cowpea project gets new Manager

[Abuja, Nigeria: August 4, 2022] AATF has announced the appointment of Dr Jean Baptiste De La Salle Tignegre as the new manager of the Pod Borer Resistant Cowpea (PBR) project being implemented in Nigeria, Ghana, and Burkina Faso. Jean Baptiste, a Burkinabé, joined AATF on August 1, 2022, from the World Vegetable Centre, Mali Office, […]

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HOW NEWEST RICE WILL IMPROVE NIGERIA’S FOOD SECURITY – OFAB

BY ABDALLAH EL-KUREBE Dr Rose Gidado, Country Coordinator of Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB), said the new rice variety on field trial as genetically modified crop would boost food security in Nigeria. She named the variety as the Nitrogen-use Efficient, Water-use Efficient and Salt Tolerant (NEWEST) rice project in Nigeria. According to her, NEWEST […]

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Providing Ethiopian farmers with GMO technology is lucrative option

BY DERESE TESHOME If one requests saying, “Should we be worried about losing our indigenous crops because of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?” The answer is an outright No. A range of reasons can of course be cited along this line. As we have all read in newspapers, watched on television and heard in discussions on […]

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The NEW Times: How is Rwanda faring in agricultural biotechnology?

Agricultural experts are making a case for adopting agricultural biotechnology as crop production remains insufficient for both local consumption and exportation yet Rwanda’s economy relies on agriculture. Plant or agricultural biotechnology bio-technology can be defined as the use of tissue culture and genetic engineering techniques to produce genetically modified plants that exhibit new or improved […]

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AATF board chair calls for new approach to food and nutrition insecurity

The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine comes at a time of unprecedented humanitarian needs, as the global community is grappling with increasing climate shocks, conflicts, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the rising cost of living, all of which are threatening livelihoods of hundreds of millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world. The Ukraine-Russia conflict […]

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