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NEWS: African scientists call for adoption of technologies to boost agricultural production

NAIROBI, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) — African countries should promote the adoption of new agricultural technologies in order to boost food production, scientists said Tuesday. Canisius Kanangire, executive director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), said that farmers and food production systems in the continent are currently facing numerous challenges. “There is a need for […]

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NEWS: Politics, misinformation hindering adoption of agriculture biotechnology in Africa

Many countries in Africa, have long been “slow adopters” of gene technologies for several reasons, one being the lack of political good will and mis/disinformation on Biotechnology. According to Prof. Richard Oduor, Chairman Kenya University Biotechnology Consortium (KUBICO) and Ag registrar research and innovation Kenyatta University, the biotechnology of using the recombinant DNA technology, sometimes […]

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NEWS: Kanangire leading agricultural innovation in Africa

Dr. Canisius Kanangire is a visionary leader and a prominent figure in the field of agricultural technology in Africa. As the Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), he has dedicated his career to driving agricultural innovation, promoting food security, and empowering smallholder farmers across the continent. With a strong academic background and […]

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NEWS: PBR Cowpea, An innovation of hope

For generations, Nigerian farmers had battled the relentless scourge of the pod borer, a formidable pest that feasted upon their precious cowpea crops, leaving devastation in its wake. The losses incurred were not merely financial, but also emotional, as hopes and dreams were shattered alongside the ravaged plants. But in the year 2021 the sun […]

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NEWS: Food Production: AATF Commends Farmers For ‘Unwavering Spirit’

The regional representative of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) for West Africa, Dr. Jean Baptiste has praised the indomitable spirit of African farmers for their unwavering commitment, resilience and dedication to producing food for the population. Baptiste expressed his admiration in a speech delivered during the celebration of the 2023 National Farmer’s Day in […]

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TRIBUNE ONLINE: PBR Cowpea lured me back into beans farming – Kazaure

(Jun. 15, 2023) — The introduction of genetically modified cowpea known as Pod Borer Resistant Cowpea (SAMPEA 20T) in 2019 to Nigerian farmers has received various form of celebration with many farmers recounting their experience with excitement, some are happily smiling to the banks from saving made while others are expanding their investments by acquiring […]

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NEWS: Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations and African Agricultural Technology Foundation Join Forces to Accelerate Research into Staple African Crops

(Jun. 20, 2023) — Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations (Gates Ag One) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) are to partner to strengthen research into improving staple crops grown by millions of African farmers. AATF works across more than 20 countries in Eastern, Southern, and West Africa to develop innovations that address low […]

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AATF and FARA sign pact to raise agricultural productivity in Africa.

[Durban, South Africa, June 2023]:  AATF and the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to raise productivity, competitiveness, and resilience of agriculture in Africa through research, policy advocacy, technological development, delivery, and uptake. The partnerships agreement will promote generation and uptake of Science, Technology, and Innovation […]

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AATF and CCARDESA to help improve food security and livelihoods for African farmers.

[Durban, South Africa, June 8, 2023]:  AATF and the Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA) have today announced a partnership agreement that seeks to upscale agricultural technologies to address farming challenges affecting key staple crops in Africa including rice, cassava, and maize. The two organizations will utilise their knowledge […]

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AATF Tackling Africa’s Agricultural Challenges Amid Climate Change Extremes

African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is implementing a holistic approach to combat the adverse effects of climate change on Africa’s agricultural sector says Sofia Tesfazion, Director, Resource Mobilization at the Foundation. Recognizing the need for comprehensive solutions, AATF is aggregating climate-smart interventions across the entire value chain, emphasizing the importance of addressing the challenges faced […]

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