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.
A team from the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), has commended the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, for his giant strides in the bank since assumption of office.
The ATTF in a delegation led by its Board Chair, Dr. Ousmane Badiane, including Dr. Denis Kyetere, Executive Director, Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin, Technical Operation Director and Mr. John Makokha, Resource Mobilization Officer to Abidjan congratulated Adesina.
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.
Striga, also known as witchweed, is a parasitic weed that infests up to 50 million hectares of sub-Saharan African land. In Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda alone, striga infests over one million hectares of farmland. The weed causes farmers to lose anywhere from a third to one hundred percent of their staple crops, leading to hunger and financial hardship for as many as 100 million people. Traditional approaches to controlling Striga include crop rotation, intercropping, and various other planting techniques.
The Kenya National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has allowed researchers to release Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) crop for field trials, marking a new turn is the raging debate over adoption of biotechnology plants.
NBA board met on Thursday last week and made the decision following the application by a group of scientists seeking the permission for the release of the crop for field trials.
Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), the proponents of the crops, made the application last year.
Ten Kenyan parliamentarians drawn from various house committees have assured scientists of their support in biotech research. They said this after touring various agri-biotechnology research facilities during a biotechnology travelling workshop in Nairobi organized by ISAAA AfriCenter, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) together with Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) and the National Commission for Science Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) with partners.