Category Archives: Africa

Uganda poised for Bio-economy, Uganda STI Minister, says

By Daniel Otunge November 6, 2017 “Passing of the Biosafety Bill into law by parliament will help Uganda to develop the economy and improve its food security situation,” Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, Ugandan Minister of Science Technology and Innovation, said. Speaking … Continue reading

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Message from the Board Chair: AATF Annual Report 2016

By Dr. Ousmane Badiane October 01, 2017 The most effective way to reduce poverty is to raise the productivity of resources that poor people depend on for their livelihood. For most African countries, these resources are agricultural land and labour. … Continue reading

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Eliminating crude ethanol imports in Nigeria through enhanced cassava production

By Abdalla el-Kurebe October 27, 2017 Nigeria is the largest producer of cassava but the nation’s annual local demand for ethanol is between 300 and 400 million litres. The country only meets up with three percent of total annual demand. … Continue reading

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Nigeria Prepares for Commercialisation of BT Cowpea, Cotton

By Nkechi Isaac, Abuja October 17, 2017 The National Agriculture Seed Council (NASC) has commenced sensitisation of Nigerian seed companies in preparation for the commercialisation of Genetically Modified Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cowpea and cotton by 2018. A sensitisation workshop organised … Continue reading

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Message from the Executive Director: AATF Annual Report 2016

By Dr Denis Kyetere, October 01, 2017 AATF progressed in all its project goals during the 2016 financial year recording key firsts in some areas as we continue to focus on providing technology-based solutions to a broader farmer community based … Continue reading

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OFAB Ghana Meets Select Committees of Parliament

OFAB Ghana, August 2017 A four-member OFAB Ghana delegation on Wednesday August 2 2017, met with ranking members of Select Committees of parliament to push for the passage of the Plant Breeders Rights Bill (PBR) which has been in Parliament … Continue reading

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Africa must invest in systems to harness future agricultural technologies

By Dr. Ousmane Badiane In order to compete on an equal footing in tomorrow’s global economy, African agriculture must embrace emerging technologies African agriculture has shown impressive growth during the past couple of decades, but for the most part it … Continue reading

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TEGO maize saved me from hunger, says Jane Sabula

By Evelyn Situma July 25, 2017 Looking at the failed crops around her neighbours’ farms in Eliang’oma village in Vihiga County, 50-year old Jane Sabula is grateful for the decision she took two years ago to start planting DroughtTEGO® hybrid … Continue reading

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Professional Kenyan women in support of Agricultural Biotechnology

By OFAB Kenya April 2017 Kenyan women in biosciences expressed their concerns on the unpredictable biotechnology and biosafety policy environment and urged the government to streamline coordination between relevant regulatory arms to enable research. The women were speaking during the … Continue reading

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Kenyan farmers form a Grassroots Organization to Demand for Biotech Crops

OFAB Kenya February 2017 Following OFAB-Kenya’s initiative to create awareness in the grassroots through sensitization of farmer leaders from all regions of the country, the farmers have now come together to form a grassroots organization called Kenya National Society for … Continue reading

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