Tag: Agricultural Biotechnology

AATF and AUDA-NEPAD Sign MoU to Improve Agricultural Productivity and Supply Chains through Genome Editing Innovation

[Nairobi, Kenya, May 2024]: AATF and the African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster a broader understanding of and support for genome editing as an important tool for enhancing agriculture and overall development outcomes such as adapting to climate change and reducing poverty, […]

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Niger state, AATF articulate strategies to bridge Nigeria’s cowpea annual deficit as Niger allocates 20,000 hectares to cowpea seed production

(Nigeria-Abuja: April 15, 2024) The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has initiated a strategic partnership with the Niger State Government in North Central Nigeria, aimed at addressing the significant shortfall of over 500,000 metric tons of cowpea, a vital staple in the nation’s agricultural sector. This collaboration emerged as a key outcome of a recent […]

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AATF Launches Cassava Mechanisation and Processing Project in Nigeria

(Fasola, Oyo-Nigeria: April 26, 2024) AATF and partners have launched a new project targeting the mechanization of cassava production and processing that would assist Nigeria add value to the crop which the country is acknowledged as the world’s largest producer. The project inaugurated by the Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde has the objectives […]

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Taking Agricultural Biotechnology and Biosafety Awareness to the Grassroots where it matters: A case of OFAB Ethiopia

By Dr Tadessa Daba Before the inception of the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology (OFAB) chapter in Ethiopia, there was no platform to share information, knowledge and discuss the issues of biosafety regulation.  Luckily, African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF) accepted Ethiopia to join OFAB in 2014. Then various networking among biotech-affiliated professionals and discussion forums […]

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Minister hails OFAB Ethiopia for impactful Agri-Biotech knowledge sharing

(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) The government of Ethiopia has lauded AATF for implementing projects that have impacted the agricultural landscape, with a lot of potential to address unique agricultural production challenges that the country faces. ‘‘The Ministry of Innovation and Technology appreciates the collaboration between the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and AATF. I am […]

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Mastering Crisis Communication in Biotechnology Regulation: Insights from the Africa Biosafety Regulators Retreat

In the dynamic landscape of biotechnology regulation in Africa, the ability to effectively communicate during crises is indispensable. Yet, many organizations find themselves ill-equipped to navigate such challenges with confidence and precision. Crisis communication within the realm of biotechnology regulation demands a strategic blend of agility, accuracy, and trust maintenance, underscoring the imperative for proactive […]

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Replicating Nigeria’s Pod Borer Resistant Cowpea Success Story in West Africa

By Alex Abutu The success of Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) cowpea in Nigeria is an excellent model for replication in other West African countries. This success has shown that the adoption of genetically modified crop varieties could be a solution to the challenges facing  smallholder farmers in the region. West Africa is a region that […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Delivering transgenic drought-tolerant and insect-protected maize varieties to African farmers

[Mpumalanga, South Africa, April 2023]: AATF has reiterated its commitment to deliver transgenic drought-tolerant and insect-protected maize varieties to caution African farmers from the impact of climate change on their productivity and enhance their livelihood. AATF Executive Director, Dr Canisius Kanangire reaffirmed the commitment while addressing the 5th TELA Maize Project Annual Review and Planning […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Ousmane Badiane appointed AATF ambassador

[Nairobi, April 2023]: Dr Ousmane Badiane, a renowned agricultural economist and policy expert, has been appointed as the new ambassador of AATF. The appointment was announced in March 2023 by the AATF Board of Trustees, and it takes effect immediately. In this position, Dr Badiane will be responsible for promoting the work of AATF across […]

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