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Researchers urged to ensure improved seeds they produce reach farmers

By Daniel Semberya Africa is a drought-prone continent, making farming risky for millions of smallholder farmers who rely on rainfall to water their crops. Maize is the most widely grown staple crop in Africa – more than 300 million Africans … Continue reading

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Fighting ignorance through new technology

Samuel Owiti Awino was an agricultural gambler, so to speak. Tormented by unreliable rains and the destructive Striga weed, he was ready to try any crop that came his way. “When you are sick and you don’t know what ails … Continue reading

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Women take the war over to ‘cereal’ killer

Busia is among the most fertile of Kenya’s 47 counties.  Its rich soils receive between 760mm and 2000mm of rainfall. “Most parts of the County have high potential for agriculture and promises of faster growth,” according to the Busia County … Continue reading

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The Striga witch has left

Richard Amolo takes this writer around his farm. He just ploughed it in readiness for the short rains that were expected the previous week. Yes, the rains delayed. Amolo says he is afraid they may fail altogether.  But there’s one … Continue reading

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WEMA: Improving lives in Africa

For family farmers in Africa, each maize harvest can mean the difference between hunger and providing children with food and education. The WEMA partners are working to deliver new drought-tolerant seed to help improve harvests for farmers like the Otor … Continue reading

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Behind the seeds of WEMA

The Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project has in the past year released 16 maize hybrid. The conventional drought-tolerant hybrid varieties that are expected to provide 20 to 35 per cent more grain yield than other commercial hybrids are … Continue reading

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WEMA celebrates successes at annual meeting

The receipt of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN) Corporate Award in December 2013, a record number of released maize varieties in Africa, commercialisation and harvesting of the first drought-tolerant conventional maize hybrid by smallholder farmers in Kenya were … Continue reading

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Dr Kyetere highlights the power of technology in boosting food productivity at 2013 Africa Business Round table

Dr Denis T. Kyetere, the Executive Director of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has said that technology can boost Africa’s agricultural productivity and translate to poverty reduction. Speaking at the Africa Business Round Table during the Spring meetings of … Continue reading

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AATF takes first prize at AFSTA exhibition

AATF won the best exhibition stand award during the 2013 Africa Seed Traders Association congress and exhibition held in Mauritius in March 2013. The AATF stand was recognised for the variety of the materials showcased and disseminated; the attractive layout … Continue reading

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AATF Cassava Machanisation and Agro-processing Project (CAMAP) goes live in Zambia

The long awaited implementation phase of CAMAP project has at last come to being. This is after a lot of planning efforts which started with the acquisition of the technology and establishment of a project partnership between AATF and Zambia … Continue reading

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