Left: Captain James Karanja, Freshco Seeds Kenya Ltd. CEO, comments on importance of QBS to seed companies during the Press briefing.
The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) on Monday, 30 January 2017, announced the establishment of the first Early Generation (foundation) seed... Read more
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... Read more
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
This approval, which was purely based on evidence provided by... Read more
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... Read more
By Julius Sigei and Zeynab Wandati
The splendour of the purple and snow-white ripe cotton assault our eyes with a painful-pleasurable sensation in the sweltering heat of the autumn sun of South Africa.
Acres upon acres of the healthy crop waft in the lazy breeze, a sharp contrast to the... Read more
Dr Denis T. Kyetere, the Executive Director AATF, has said that Africa has untapped resources which if harnessed could unlock the great potential of African agriculture. Speaking at the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit in London in September 2014, Dr Kyetere called on potential investors and... Read more
Freshco Seeds in Kenya and Tanseed International Ltd in Tanzania were the proud recipients of seed treaters acquired through the Striga Control in Maize project to boost their production of StrigAway Imazapyr Resistant maize seed. The seed treaters which were installed and launched in September... Read more
The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project marked another milestone this year with the release of two conventional drought-tolerant maize hybrids in South Africa in September 2014. The approval for commercialisation was granted to the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa following... Read more
Farmers participating in the Cassava Mechanisation and Agro-processing Project (CAMAP) in Osun state, Nigeria realised a boost in their 2014 harvests as they bagged between 28 and 33 tonnes of cassava per hectare compared to the 7 tonnes per hectare they previously harvested. In Zambia, farmers... Read more
By Francis Nang'ayo
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... Read more
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-... Read more
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... Read more
[COTONOU] A group of rice breeding experts has agreed and adopted six new rice varieties under the ARICA (Advanced Rice in Africa) label to help boost yields.
The announcement was made during the 2014 AfricaRice Science Week and Global Rice Science Partnership-Africa Science Forum held last month... Read more
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)
These products are... Read more
The Nitrogen-efficient, Water-efficient and Salt-tolerant (NEWEST) rice Project marked a significant milestone with the planting of the first confined field trials in Uganda and Ghana in April 2013. The installation of the trials followed approval received from the National Biosafety Committees of... Read more
The Cassava Mechanisation and Agro-processing Project (CAMAP) held its first field events for farmers in Zambia during June 2013. The two field days held in Mansa and Samfya districts of Luapula province showcased the cassava production technologies that involve the mechanisation of most production... Read more
African Countries have been called upon to strengthen partnerships that would provide the needed resources and technologies to support farmers on the Continent to boost food production.
Mrs Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission (AUC), who... Read more
The Africa Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF) has disclosed that it is targeting over one million farmers in the West African sub-region for its cassava mechanisation and agro processing, for the acceleration of cassava harvesting and processing with a target of over ten million people... Read more
Researchers have raised the alarm over a weed they claim could reduce maize yields in the country by half and possibly affect the country's food supply. The weed known as Striga is said to spread fast and was recently seen in the rift valley, the country's bread basket, NTV's Ouko Okusah reports... Read more
Dr Denis T. Kyetere, the Executive Director AATF has said that public private partnerships (PPPs) are an important mechanism for facilitating access to appropriate technologies by smallholder farmers in Africa. Using the work AATF does as a case study of the critical role of PPPs in agricultural... Read more