Category: PBR Cowpea

NEWS: Ghanaian farmers upbeat about PBR cowpea

[Tamale: November 2, 2022] When Bakuvie Zinna, a Ghanaian cowpea farmer, was invited by a local extension agent to take part in demonstrations for a new variety resistant to the pod borer, he couldn’t hide his excitement. Zinna considers the pest a key enemy for attacking his crops every other season and forcing him to […]

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Africa is not a battle ground for GMO adoption, say experts

(ABUJA: October 03, 2022) Agriculture and policy leaders from Nigeria, Ethiopia and Mozambique have said that Africa is on the cusp of a biotechnological revolution and is no longer a battle ground for adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMO). Speaking in Abuja at an interactive session on agricultural technologies that can help smallholder farmers in […]

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African biotech regulators applaud South-to-South learning in Nigeria benchmarking tours

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) organised a benchmarking visit to Nigeria for regulators from Ethiopia and Mozambique, who are part of the TELA Maize Project.  The September 12-16,2022, tour was intended for the visiting teams to learn from Nigeria’s biotechnology regulation in general, as well as specific experiences with the regulation of the transgenic […]

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Harnessing digital agri-tech to boost farm productivity and food security in Africa

[Kigali, September 14, 2022]:  There is a growing need for deployment of digital solutions that complement innovations in agriculture to increase productivity and sustain resilience in food systems and nutrition security across Africa. The technologies developed to increase productivity for various staple crops on the continent include hybrid seeds, climate-smart varieties, agricultural mechanisation, digital solutions […]

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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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