Category: Blog

Uganda recommits to passing biosafety law

Uganda is fast-tracking the enactment of a biosafety law aimed at tapping into biotechnology for the country’s prosperity, a key biosafety forum in Kampala was told. The new bill will help the country to expand its biotechnology scope to include health, agriculture, and processing.  Martin Ongol, the acting executive secretary of Uganda National Council for […]

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New partnership to improve potato productivity debuts in Nigeria

A project targeting eradication of late blight disease in potatoes has been launched in Jos, north central Nigeria. Global Biotechnology Potato Partnership (GBPP) project, under the USAID Feed the Future programme, is aimed at utilising cutting-edge research to promote a robust potato value chain through commercialisation of the 3 R-gene LBR tuber capable of improving […]

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IAR: Best-performing COWPEA variety

The Pod Borer-resistant (PBR) cowpea under cultivation in Nigeria is adjudged to be the best-performing variety in Africa, the Institute of Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, has said. Prof. Muhammed Ishiyaku, the IAR executive director, said the variety, also known as Sampea 20-T, was one of the best produced under scientific research. The […]

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AATF to work with Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences to boost incomes for smallholder farmers

AATF will work with the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) to help smallholder farmers improve their living standards through smart agriculture.  Dr Canisius Kanangire, AATF Executive Director, said the partnership will provide farmers with technologies and skills to increase harvests and income from sale of surplus produce. “We work with national research organisations […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Experts propose strategies to cushion Africa from global price and food shocks

[Nairobi, June 2022]:  African experts have called for capacity and institutional infrastructural development that can act as shock absorbers to minimise impacts on economies occasioned by global spikes in prices of fertilisers and basic commodities. The call to action was made by agricultural experts during a virtual meeting hosted by AATF to discuss current global […]

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AATF partners Senegal to improve agricultural productivity

[Dakar, Senegal: July 7, 2022] AATF and the Government of Senegal, through the Institut Sénégalais de Recherches Agricoles (ISRA) and Union Nationale Interprofessionnelle des Semences du Sénégal (UNIS), have entered into a strategic partnership aimed at improving agricultural productivity in the West African nation. The partnership targets priority crops such as rice, maize, groundnuts, and […]

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Eswatini Government and AATF convene forum to discuss impact of climate change on smallholder vegetable farmers

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) in collaboration with the Government of Eswatini and key partners convened a national conference to validate the findings of a research conducted to estimate the impact of climate change in the vegetable sector. The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs Gugu Shabangu, said vegetable production was an […]

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New scientific bean variety defies naysayers in Nigeria, Ghana

By Alex Abutu Humans are by nature the most complex of all creatures. Their ability to think and reason explains why it is difficult to convince them to embrace new things. They are comfortable with what they have lived with over a long period. Most change managers fail because they lack the patience and skills […]

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Lesson for Africa on risks and rewards of regulating gene editing

Prudent regulation of research and innovation can strengthen the adoption and growth of Science Technology and Innovation (STI). Prof Martin Lema, a policy and regulation expert from Argentina, says a country’s regulatory environment can promote or stifle STI development. In the case of Argentina, regulations have pushed the country to a regional leader in the field […]

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To grow or not to grow: Africa’s lingering dilemma on GM crops

By Dr Francis Nang’ayo The potential revolution in farming made possible by Genetically Modified (GM) crops has been met with controversy, resulting in a great deal of ambivalence regarding policies for regulating this new technology. Whereas some farmers, mostly smallholders in developing countries, have adopted GM crops and are now growing them commercially, others have […]

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