Category Archives: Policy

Bt Cotton critical to achieving Kenya’s big four agenda

By Suleiman Okoth April 06, 2018   The Kenyan government is banking on the production of genetically modified cotton, expected to start in 2018, to generate more than Sh 50 billion in apparel export earnings and create more than 50,000 … Continue reading

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Prof Ida Sithole-Niang, Former AATF Board Chair, Elected World Academy of Sciences Fellow

By Dr Denis Kyetere Executive Director, African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) February 2, 2018 Congratulations to Prof Ida Sithole-Niang on her election as a Fellow at the World Academy of Sciences. At AATF we are proud of your leadership as Board … Continue reading

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Proposed changes to Ugandan Biosafety Act a threat to scientists

By Isaac Ongu January 30, 2018 Ugandan plant scientists face severe financial penalties and decade-long jail terms if proposed changes to the recently passed Biosafety Act 2017 are adopted, experts say. The draft changes also would undermine several important crop … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso making progress with GMO research

By Joseph Opoku Gakpo January 19, 2018 Agriculturalists in Burkina Faso say their country is still open to using the tools of biotechnology, despite the decision to stop growing genetically modified cotton. A controversy erupted over the low quality of fiber … Continue reading

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Freedom to innovate, Calestous dream lives on…

By Evelyn Situma December 31, 2017 The news about the passing on of Prof. Calestous Juma came as a surprise to many. Most especially the proponents of agricultural biotechnology, most of whom, he had helped voice their enthusiasm towards adoption … Continue reading

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High-level conference on STI marks OFAB’s 10th Anniversary

By Suleiman Okoth November 08, 2017 A High-Level Conference on Application of Science, Technology and Innovation in Harnessing African Agricultural Transformation marked Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) project 10th Anniversary celebrations that were held at Speke Resort, Munyonyo … Continue reading

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Africa’s Biotech Integration 20 years Overdue, Says Prime Minister

By Daniel Otunge, November 7, 2017 The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, has called for urgent integration of modern biotechnology into Africa’s agriculture to help improve food security and economic growth. He said this while … Continue reading

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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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AATF to establish annual STI policy dialogue platform

By Daniel Otunge November 4, 2017 In his closing remarks, during the High-Level Conference on Application of Science, Technology and Innovation in Harnessing African Agricultural Transformation held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Uganda, from 27 to 29 September 2017, the … 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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