Tag: AATF Africa

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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NEWS: WACCI seeks AATF partnership on gene editing

[Accra: November 2, 2022] The West African Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) has invited the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) to jointly set up a gene editing platform to fast-track crop improvements using modern technologies. This was disclosed by WACCI Associate Director, Prof Kwadwo Ofori, when he received the AATF pod borer research team led […]

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NEWS: Helping judges and lawyers understand the gist of biotechnology

Adama, Ethiopia (September 20, 2022) : The TELA Maize Project of the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) underscore the need for helping judges and lawyers to understand the essence of biotechnology research. This was highlighted during a two-day awareness creation event organized by TELA Maize Project and supported […]

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NEWS: Experts say biotechnology, key to food, nutrition and financial security in Africa

(Sep 30, 2022) Africa needs the right policy environment to harness and optimize benefits accruing from agricultural biotechnology, innovation and emerging technologies for rural economic transformation, experts said Friday. Addressing the 7th Calestous Juma Executive Dialogue (CJED) forum on Nutrition and Food Security taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Kanangire, Executive Director of the African […]

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NEWS: Why hardy cassava should be crop of the moment

(Saturday, October 01, 2022) Dr Emmanuel Okogbenin is the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) director for programme development and commercialisation. He has worked on biotech applications in cassava in Africa leading to a number of improved varieties. He spoke to Michael Oriedo about why cassava is a key crop at this time when many nations […]

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Seed producer asks Nigeria to go hybrid to boost maize production

(Kaduna: October 5, 2022) Nigeria will achieve self-sufficiency in maize production when farmers embrace hybrid varieties, a leading seed producer has said. Mr. Brighton Karume, the managing director of ECOBasic Seeds Limited, said productivity was hampered by farmers’ reliance on traditional varieties that are not resistant to disease, pests and drought. Addressing a press conference […]

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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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