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AATF et la Commission de l'Union africaine (UA) signent un MoU

L'African Agricultural Technology (AATF) et la Commission de l'Union africaine (UA) ont signé un Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), le lundi 23 Janvier 2012, lors d'un événement en présence de SE le Dr Ibrahim Miyaki, le Nouveau Partenariat pour le Développement de l'Afrique (NEPAD Agence) Chief Executive Officer à Addis-Abeba, en Ethiopie et SE Mme Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, commissaire de l'UA pour l'économie rurale et l'agriculture.


AATF and the Commission of the African Union (AU) sign MoU

The African Agricultural Technology (AATF) and the Commission of the African Union (AU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday, 23 January 2012, at an event attended by HE Dr Ibrahim Miyaki, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency Chief Executive Officer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and HE Mrs Rhoda Tumusiime Peace, the AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture. The MoU is a culmination of various consultations between the two organisations on areas of mutual interest and collaboration.


AATF to Mark International Women’s Day


Left: We are happy at AATF – says the women workforce at AATF


This week the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) marks the International Women’s Day to celebrate women and challenge stereotypes in the society.

To commemorate the day, marked globally on 8 March, AATF will have speeches from staff led by women professionals at the Foundation’s head offices in Nairobi, Kenya.


Burkina Faso farmers still yearn for Bt Cotton

By Suleiman Okoth

Left: Mr Francois Traore (Centre) former president of Union of Cotton Producers (UNPC) in Burkina Faso with Dr Edgar Traore (Left), OFAB Burkina Faso – coordinator and Daniel Otunge (Right), Program Manager – OFAB Africa.

In my journey to understand the intricacies of Bt Cotton in Burkina Faso, I had the rare opportunity to interview Mr Francois Traore through a translator in his modest residence about 10 kilometres from Burkina Faso capital, Ougoudougou.


The Kenya March 4 Science (#March4ScienceKE)

Join us for March for Science on Saturday, 22 April 2017, from 9am to 12noon to commemorate the World Earth Day and march in support of science. In Kenya, the March will be held concurrently in Nairobi, Kirinyaga and Kakamega.

The Kenya March for Science


Uganda's Minister for Science and Technology visits AATF

The Ugandan Minister for Science and Technology, Hon. Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye (right), visited AATF on Monday, 6 March, for discussions with management on the Foundation’s mandate.  The delegation was briefed on AATF mission, vision and mandate by the AATF Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Elhadj Adam Moussa. The delegation was also given an overview of AATF projects by Dr Emanuel Okogbenin, the Technical Director. Accompanying the Minister were Dr. Peter Ndemere, Executive Secretary UNCST, Hon. Eng.


AATF announces establishment of the first foundation seed production entity for Africa

Left: Captain James Karanja, Freshco Seeds Kenya Ltd. CEO, comments on importance of QBS to seed companies during the Press briefing.


Kenyan researchers step up trials for genetically altered crops in bid to fight hunger

Left: A man holds a harvest of a GM maize variety at the Kari research station in Kiboko, Makueni County. National field trials for genetically modified maize (BT maize) have reignited interest in the bid by government and private companies to use science to produce more food. NATION MEDIA GROUP PHOTO

National field trials for genetically modified maize (BT maize) have reignited interest in the bid by government and private companies to use science to produce more food cheaply.


Bright day for Biosciences in Kenya as NBA approves release of Bt maize

By Daniel Otunge, AATF

In a bold, historic move, the Kenya NBA (National Biosafety Authority) has granted approval for environmental release of Bt Maize.

Left: History in the making: WEMA team submits application to NBA on 2 April 2015


Time to transform the agriculture sector is now

By Francis Nang'ayo

For agriculture to make its rightful contribution to the development of Kenya, transforming smallholder farming from subsistence to an innovative, commercially oriented and modern sector is critical.

But this is only possible if farmers, producers, processors and marketers employ the most contemporary methods.

Drought and pests have adversely affected the productivity of maize, the staple food for more than 80 per cent of the population.



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