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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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The Kenya March 4 Science (#March4ScienceKE)

Join us for March for Science on Saturday, 22 April 2017, from 9am to 12noon to commemorate the World Earth Day and march in support of science. In Kenya, the March will be held concurrently in Nairobi, Kirinyaga and Kakamega.

The Kenya March for Science

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Uganda's Minister for Science and Technology visits AATF

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.

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AATF announces establishment of the first foundation seed production entity for Africa

Left: Captain James Karanja, Freshco Seeds Kenya Ltd. CEO, comments on importance of QBS to seed companies during the Press briefing.

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Kenyan researchers step up trials for genetically altered crops in bid to fight hunger

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.

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Bright day for Biosciences in Kenya as NBA approves release of Bt maize

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

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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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As Kenyans stall over biotech farming, South Africans have happily adopted the technology

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 surrounding sea of grey and dust, the hallmark of a semi-arid land.

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Dr Kyetere rallies support for African agriculture at World Agri-tech summit

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 partners to join hands with people in Africa and help unlock that potential.

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