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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.