Category: NEWS & UPDATES

Why Africa needs Technology and Innovation to improve productivity

By Vitumbiko Chinoko. The Second Africa-Wide Conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) recently held in Kigali, Rwanda, concluded with an urgent call for African governments, regional economic communities and continental organs including the African Union, African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and non-state actors including the private sector to sustain the […]

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Improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers through technology

By Dr Munyaradzi Jonga. The availability of quality seeds is critical to enhance crop productivity for a food and nutrition secure continent. However, this has remained a challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region due to challenges brought about by drought, pest and diseases that have hampered productivity. Nevertheless, there is still huge potential to maximize […]

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A journey from desperation to independence

Unlike the bright-eyed optimism wielded by many school leavers, Jacob Kuya of Kakamega County, Butere sub-county in Marama central ward was facing a future of bleak prospects. His parents separated in 2018 and deserted their home just after he joined high school at the age of 14. The house on the compound was demolished, throwing […]

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GM COWPEA TO TRANSFORM NIGERIA

Farmers around the world are using innovations in plant science to increase crop yields, improve sustainability and combat food insecurity. For example, Nigerian farmers are now planting genetically modified (GM) cowpeas that resist their greatest insect pest. This has the potential to increase yields by as much as 80 percent! In December 2019, the government of Nigeria […]

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KEY LESSONS FROM NIGERIA’S ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL OF TELA MAIZE

In October this year (2021), Africa recorded a milestone in crop biotech development when the Federal Government of Nigeria granted environmental approval for evaluation and open cultivation of TELA Maize, a new maize variety genetically modified to tolerate moderate drought and resist the fall armyworm and stem borer. This development places Nigeria one step closer […]

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Extension services key for agricultural transformation in Africa

[Munyonyo, November 17, 2021]: Scientists, agriculture extension providers, policy makers and other stakeholders across the globe met on the sidelines of the African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) Agricultural Extension Week held in Uganda to share experiences on sustainable partnerships for commercialisation and deployment of agricultural technologies in Africa. The AATF side event discussed […]

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AATF and AFAAS to enhance technology adoption and utilisation in Africa

[Munyonyo, November 16, 2021]: Today, AATF and African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) have announced a five-year partnership agreement aimed at enhancing the utilization and adoption of productivity-enhancing technologies; value-adding processes and, loss-reducing practices among smallholder farmers in Africa. The agreement will establish a long-term relationship for purposes of carrying out complementary research, innovation, […]

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Agricultural biotechnology forum established in Rwanda

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) have today launched the country’s Chapter of the open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) to enhance awareness and knowledge sharing on innovative agricultural technologies in the country. Established by AATF in 2006 as a platform for stakeholder interactions on […]

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TELA Maize variety, a win- win for Nigerian farmers

[Abuja, Nigeria: October 25, 2021] The newly released TELA Maize variety in Nigeria will expand farmers options to either grow GM TELA varieties or conventional Drought TEGO varieties or their local open-pollinated varieties just like farmers in another part of the world, the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University has said. ’’The choice […]

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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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