We are driven by the vision of a prosperous and food secure Africa where the livelihoods of smallholder farmers are transformed through innovative agricultural technologies that deliver results. We focus on achieving real meaningful change for farmers through five overarching programmes namely Farm Productivity; Mechanisation & Digital Agriculture; Nutrition, Food Quality & Post-harvest Management; Market Systems for Commercialisation; and Policy Environment and Public Participation.

AATF has transitioned from a project-based approach to a programme-based one, aiming to better serve the needs of farmers across Africa. This shift will enhance coordination and synergy-building across projects and cross-cutting functions, while bolstering implementation and cost-effectiveness. AATF’s core mandate is now delivered through three programmes, supported by operational functions and social enterprises.

Product Development & Deployment

This programme encompasses the upstream functions of the technology development pipeline, ranging from scouting and access to development (including trait/agroecological breeding and adaptation). It covers technology proof-of-concept, feasibility determination through cost-benefit analysis (CBA), product/variety testing, release and registration, technology demonstrations, and technical discussions.

Seed Systems Development & Product Commercialisation

This programme centres on facilitating the commercialisation and scaling-up of products developed through AATF partnership projects. It comprises three crucial components: firstly, the facilitation of efficient and cost-effective seed systems to deliver products directly to farmers. Secondly, stewardship support is provided to ensure the responsible use of these products. And finally, value chain-specific market development is undertaken to bolster access and adoption. The programme also encompasses scaling up partner engagement and ensuring last-mile delivery.

Enabling Environment

Through this programme, AATF seeks to foster the materialisation of technology development, release, and commercialisation at both country and regional levels. This is achieved through collaborative efforts with governments and relevant organisations for the enactment and implementation of clearly articulated policies, laws, regulations, guidelines, processes, and institutions. These efforts are underpinned by political goodwill and the requisite abilities and resources. The programme encompasses three key dimensions: firstly, policy advocacy involving comprehensive analysis and engagement to drive positive change. Secondly, regulatory compliance is addressed to ensure the smooth development and commercialisation of products. Finally, technical outreach forms a crucial component, encompassing targeted engagement with decision-makers alongside farmer education and awareness initiatives.

Contribution of AATF Social Enterprises Towards Its Programmatic Approach

AgriDrive Limited

AATF established Agridrive Limited as a for-profit social enterprise to promote agribusiness for the benefit of the smallholder farmers in Africa through provision of mechanisation services and digital solutions. Though wholly owned by AATF, it operates as a separate and distinct legal entity in Nigeria.

Agridrive promotes innovative agribusinesses to generate profits on one hand, and social and economic empowerment of smallholder farmers who are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods on the other. The profits generated by the company are reinvested back into AATF activities to support the sustainability of the institutional mission.

QualiBasic & ECOBasic Seed Companies

For transformative and sustainable agriculture development in Africa, the consistent and timely supply of quality Early Generation seed (EGS) is key to realisation of quality certified seed. However, most seed companies in Africa are still hesitant to invest in production of EGS.

AATF is therefore incubating QualiBasic and ECOBasic Seed companies for commercial production of EGS. These two entities support AATF’s efforts to ensure that seed companies have access to quality foundation seed which is integral in the production of quality certified seed.

During the next five years, these enterprises will support AATF to enable more farmer access to mechanisation and improved seeds. In addition, AATF will continue incubating these companies to ensure scalability and sustainability.

AATF Projects

AATF formulates projects around demand-driven technological innovations based on the needs of smallholder farmers and the anticipated potential to address specific challenges and reduce poverty in Africa. The organisation’s project portfolio is anchored on three programmes: (i) Product Development and Deployment, (ii) Seed Systems Development and Commercialisation, and (iii) Enabling Environment. The projects are structured to ensure that AATF strategically contributes its interventions across the full product value chain from problem identification, technology access down to uptake and utilisation.

Over time, AATF has accessed technologies for climate smart agriculture addressing both biotic and abiotic stresses in major staples (rice, maize, and cowpea) utilizing both conventional and biotech-based approaches. In addition, AATF is working on bioeconomy and clean energy technologies. Technology tools for maximising breeding design and the effective selection of novel haplotypes (that enhances genetic gain) as well as digital platforms that inform selection decision of optimal production environments have been successfully accessed. AATF will continue to build on this portfolio and expand into new areas including gene editing.

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