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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.

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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.

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Kenyan county executives call for ban on GMO to be lifted

Several Kenyan County Executive Committee members (county ministers) for health, environment and agriculture expressed their support for crop biotechnology and called for lifting of the 2012 GM foods import ban. Dr. Andrew Mulwa, Chair of the 47 County Executives of Health, expressed concern that the country was still holding onto a ban that was informed by a flawed study.

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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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Lift GMO ban for food security, Kenyan MPs ask

By Kibiwott Korros

NAIROBI: MPs from seven committees have backed scientists and asked the Government to lift the ban on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

If allowed, all parts of the country will have a chance to grow maize, including areas with severe scorching conditions like Marsabit, Turkana, Wajir and Mandera.

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OPINION - Kenya's ban on imports GM crops

NAIROBI - Kenya's ban on imports of genetically modified (GM) crops reflects a troubling trend in a country traditionally seen as an agricultural innovator. The move also represents a giant leap backward for a continent that often struggles to ensure its own food security. A rational, scientific approach must triumph over prejudice, fear, and speculation. And Kenya can lead the way.

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Researchers inventing pod borer resistant cowpea for Africa

Cowpea, popularly called beans in Nigeria, is one of the country’s important food crops massively destroyed by a pest called pod borer or Maruca, which damage cowpea pods on farm fields thereby causing heavy losses to farmers and reducing cowpea productivity in the country and other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to Prof. Mahammad Faguji Ishiyaku, a plant breeder, Nigeria’s annual consumption of cowpea runs to several millions of tons and constitute a greater percentage of the world’s consumption of cowpea.

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Dr Kyetere hails the role of seed companies in enhancing food security in Africa at AFSTA congress

Dr Denis T. Kyetere, the AATF Executive Director has said that the seed industry plays a critical role in ensuring access to improved agricultural technologies by farmers thereby contributing to agriculture and rural transformation. Speaking at the 14th Africa Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) annual congress held in Tunis, Tunisia in March 2014, Dr Kyetere said that innovative technologies in seed is vital for agribusiness to thrive and to contribute to access to food.

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New WEMA products available for licencing

The WEMA partnership has released nine new maize inbred lines for licensing. These are WMA1202, WMA2001, WMA2002, WMA4413, WMB4002, WMB8804, WMA8827, WMA8828, and WMA9902 (see details at http://wema.aatf-africa.org/stewardship/products-commercialisation-and-licensing-program)

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African nations increase farm spending, winning poverty battle

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger.

The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture.

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