AATF and AUDA-NEPAD to promote agricultural research and commercialisation in Africa

13 May 2020
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The African Agricultural  Technology  Foundation (AATF) and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD),have signed a collaboration agreement   that   will   facilitate   joint   work   towards   building   a   market   system   for   the commercialisation of research products in Africa.

The agreementwill also facilitate the improvement of farm productivity through mechanisation to  address  drudgery  and  contribute  to  building  an  enabling  environment  for  agricultural research and development on the continent.

The MoU will be guided by the core principles and values of the African Union especially the realisation of Agenda 2063.

Specific key areas of the agreement include addressing challenges in the production of quality foundation seed, a key area of attention for AATF that is already working with the continent's small and medium seed enterprises to ease production of quality certified seed.

The two organisations will also focus on strengthening seed  certification and variety release policies  and  processes  including the development  of  the  private  sector,  licensing  of  new agricultural  technologies,and  technology  stewardship  for  sustainable  use  of  agricultural innovations and products.

The MoU, signed by DrDenis  T. Kyetere, Executive Director of the AATF  and Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, AUDA-NEPAD, will ensure that both organisations identify flagship projects from the key areas of cooperation to effectively achieve the intended goals.

Dr  Ibrahim  Mayaki,  welcomed  the  collaboration  saying  it  would  contribute  to  accelerating Africa's agricultural transformation.

"As  articulated  in  Agenda  2063, Africa's sustained growth, competitiveness and economic transformation require sustained investment in new technologies and continuous innovation in areas  such  as  agriculture,  clean  energy,  education  and  health.  This  agreement  will  help contribute to this goal," said Dr Mayaki.

Dr Denis Kyetere said the collaboration provides an opportunity for the smallholder farmers to benefit from innovative and value-adding agricultural technologies.

"With the smallholder farmer at the centreof decision making, AATF  emphasises the need to get innovations to farmers rapidly and effectively to optimise benefits," said Dr Kyetere, adding that the agreement would also facilitate replication of mechanisation business models in more African countries as part of transformative agriculture development.

About AATF:

AATF is an African-led not-for-profit organization that is working towards agricultural transformation to address food and nutrition security and generate health and wealth for smallholder farmers through access and delivery of innovative  and  fitting  agricultural  technologies.  AATF  believes  that  farmers  in  Africa  will  become  globally competitive through use of the best technology, optimal agricultural practices, strategic product value addition,and boosted access to efficient markets within and outside Africa. https://www.aatf-africa.org/about-us/

About AUDA-NEPAD:

AUDA-NEPAD is the development agency of the African Union, coordinating and executing priority regional and  continental  development  projects  to  promote  regional  integration  towards  the  accelerated  realisation  of Agenda 2063 –Africa's vision and action plan. It has the mandate to strengthen the capacity of Member States and regional bodies.https://www.nepad.org/publication/auda-nepad-mandat

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