AATF and Nigeria’s Ministry of Agriculture sign MoU

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AATF signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in April 2014 at an event held at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. Dr Akin Adesina, the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria and Dr Denis T. Kyetere, the Executive Director, AATF signed on behalf of the parties.

Nigeria remains a force to reckon with in Africa in many sectors including agricultural development. This makes it a strategic partner for AATF in the region as its current investments and activities in the country are key to the achievement of its mandate in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and that of Nigeria’s agricultural transformation agenda.

“We see good prospects working with AATF, a charitable organisation designed to facilitate and promote public-private partnerships, to remove many of the barriers that have prevented smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa from gaining access to existing agricultural technologies that could help improve food security and reduce poverty” said Dr Adesina during the signing ceremony. “Our partnership with AATF opens an avenue for collaborative efforts to jointly identify and facilitate the transfer of appropriate technologies that meet the needs of farmers in Nigeria, in ways that address and resolve the concerns of technology providers and users” he added.

“AATF is a keen partner for agricultural transformation in SSA and we are looking forward to changing the livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses in Nigeria through partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for wealth creation” said Dr Kyetere.

AATF with partners in Nigeria are collaborating on three projects, namely the Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa, the Pod-borer Resistant Cowpea and Cassava Mechanisation and Agro-processing Project. Other projects that will be of interest to the country in the future include Seeds2B, Hybrid Rice: Breeding by Design, Water Efficient Maize for Africa and the Nitrogen-use Efficient, Water-use Efficient and Salt Tolerant rice.

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