Category: NEWS & UPDATES

Nigeria deregulates TELA Maize, allows for open cultivation in the country

The government of Nigeria has granted environmental approval for evaluation and open cultivation of TELA Maize, a new maize variety developed by researchers at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria that resists fall armyworm, stem borers, and tolerate moderate drought. The government decision was contained in a certificate issued to IAR […]

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Women key in improving rural development and food security

[Nairobi, October 15, 2021]:  The theme for the 2021 International Day of Rural Women, “Rural Women Cultivating Good Food for All”, highlights the essential role, that rural women and girls play in the global food systems. The Day is strategically held before World Food Day, in order to recognise the role played by rural women in food production […]

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Stakeholders intensify call for increased domestic rice production

A cross section of stakeholders including policy makers, scientists and farmers at the 2021 annual review meeting of the NEWEST Rice project of the AATF has called for increase domestic production of rice on the African continent to meet the ever-increasing demand. Dr Kayode Sanni, AATF Rice Project Manager said in an opening address to […]

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Africa cannot afford post-harvest losses; needs policies and technologies to strengthen food security

African experts have expressed the need for national governments and regional bodies to adopt effective policies and technology-driven interventions to reduce post-harvest losses stifling food security in the region. This was the concluding call by a panel of experts who spoke at the AATF third webinar of 2021 with the theme ‘Accelerating Access to Post-Harvest […]

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Biotechnology key to Africa’s quest to safeguard the right to food

Africa’s food security challenges keep escalating due to rapid population growth and the disproportionate adverse impacts of climate change on its agricultural and food systems. According to the African Development Bank, falling commodity prices for a broad range of natural resources coupled with increased food demand and changing consumption habits driven by demographic factors such […]

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Nigeria set to deregulate TELA Maize variety

Efforts to avail smallholder farmers in Nigeria with transgenic maize variety that combines drought tolerance, insect resistance, and other important yield and disease resistance traits to enhance food security has started yielding positive results. Scientists at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in collaboration with African Agricultural Technology Foundation have completed confined […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Nigeria set to deregulate TELA Maize variety, …… resistant to fall armyworm (FAW), stem borer, and drought

[Abuja: October 8, 2021] Efforts to avail smallholder farmers in Nigeria with maize variety that combines drought tolerance, insect resistance, and other important yield and disease resistance traits to enhance food security have started yielding positive results. Scientists at the Institute for Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in collaboration with the African Agricultural Technology […]

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Agricultural transformation cannot take root in Africa without an enabling business environment

Creating an enabling environment for agriculture is a prerequisite to unleash the sector’s potential to boost growth, provide food and nutrition security and reduce poverty, said Dr. Francis Nang’ayo, the head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at AATF during the African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) congress held in Mombasa, Kenya. Dr. Nang’ayo said that an […]

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PRESS RELEASE: AATF warns misinformation could erode gains made in biotech development in Africa

[Nairobi, October 7, 2021]:  Availability of information on agricultural biotechnology is critical for the adoption of biotech crops in the African farming system, said Dr. Canisius Kanangire, the Executive Director of AATF during the Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication Symposium (ABBC), 2021. Dr. Kanangire said that several studies have alluded to the role of communication and […]

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The Government of Kenya, AATF to co-host global symposium on tropical root and tuber crops

Root and tuber crops are important food crops that have gained increased importance due to their role in food security, and ability to withstand drought as well as their potential for commercial processing, said Prof. Hamadi Boga, the Principal Secretary, State Department for Agricultural Research, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries. Prof. Boga said that […]

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