Support biotechnology development in Africa – private sector urged Boston, MA, USA"20 June 2012

Dr Denis T Kyetere, the Executive Director at the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), today said that improved seeds and other farm technologies are best bet for enhanced agricultural productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where smallholder farmers make up 70 percent of people that depend solely on agriculture for livelihood and suffer most challenging farming problems. Speaking at the 2012 ‘Bio International Convention: the Global Event for Biotechnology’ in Boston, MA, USA, Dr Kyetere also said that smallholder farms also have lowest farm production costs and any investment will be visible and impactful. The use of improved technologies will result in higher and better yields, labour savings and will also allow for possible crop diversification and address production constraints such as insect and weed pests, drought, diseases, and soil degradation and protection of the environment. ‘I believe the greatest impact, benefit and return on investment will be realised at smallholder level,’ he said.

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