Guidelines & Principles

The AATF programmes and activities are managed by adopting the following guidelines and principles:

  • Adoption of the best practices from both the public and the private sectors, while drawing upon the resources of both in pursuit of its food security and poverty reduction mission;
  • AATF is small in size and consists of professionals with extensive agricultural research and development experience in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • It assigns specific responsibilities to project managers to advance projects from the adaptive research and development (R&D) stage through to adoption by smallholders;
  • It pro-actively seeks to forge partnerships with other organisations active in agricultural development initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • It ensures that smallholder producers and other rural stakeholders participate in the evaluation and development of new potential products throughout the product development process;

The AATF's project activities traverse all the stages of the product value chain:

  • basic research/technology transfer
  • adaptive R&D trials/regulatory approvals
  • production of inputs
  • extension/distribution
  • agricultural production
  • post-harvest storage/processing
  • market access/distribution.

Other technology transfer projects focus on facilitating production, distribution and market development activities.

  • The Design Advisory Commitee (DAC) made the following decisions:
  • That the AATF should initially focus on staple and commodity food crops, resource-poor smallholder farmers, and a broad range of technologies, including proprietary technologies provided from diverse sources and licensed at zero cost to the AATF.
  • The target technologies handled by the AATF would eventually include crops other than food crops, technology tools and products that address livestock production and disease problems.
  • Financial resources could be used specifically for downstream activities that would include adaptation trials, regulatory approvals, multiplication and distribution of new products, and assisting in the creation of markets for the new products.

The following are examples of the types of contracts that are entered into by AATF with various partners in addition to the main license agreement with the technology providers:

  • The AATF sub-licenses technologies to a research institute to carry out the required adaptive research;
  • The AATF sub-licenses the technologies to a research institute (which is within the relevant country or region) to carry out regulatory testing and product registration;
  • The AATF sub-licenses a registered product to one or more companies (public or private) to produce and distribute the product in the relevant territory;
  • The AATF puts in place output-based contracts with private stockists/NGOs to help develop the market, for example by carrying out demonstration projects and /or provide targeted rebates to poorer farmers.

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