AATF Receives Feed the Future Funding to Improve Maize Production in East AfricaFebruary 5, 2014
The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has launched a partnership with Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, through a programme funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The grant signed on 3 February 2014 will ensure that AATF and its partners will scale commercialization of StrigAwayTM–a herbicide resistant seed and treatment technology aimed at improving productivity of maize, one of the most important food crops in East Africa.
"This partnership is really about increasing the food security of thousands of smallholder farmers in East Africa. Farmers who have access to this technology will have better maize yields and higher earnings from the sale of excess produce," said Denis T. Kyetere, Executive Director of AATF.
StrigAwayTM combats Striga, a parasitic plant that affects agricultural productivity of approximately 1.4 million hectares in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Commonly known as witchweed, this parasitic plant can cause a 20 to 80 percent crop loss in maize, leading many farmers to abandon fields with heavy Striga infestation. StrigAwayTM, which includes conventionally bred herbicide resistant maize varieties and a herbicide seed coating, was developed by BASF and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).
"Large problems can't be solved alone, which is why this is Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation's largest grant to date, totaling more than US $3 million. It involves multiple partners including an international NGO, a multi-national corporation, a research institute, and local private sector companies," said Brenna McKay, Partnering for Innovation Grants Program Director.
For more information contact Nancy Muchiri,AATF Partnerships and Communications Manager at email@example.com.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a non-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- AATF Receives Feed the Future Funding to Improve Maize Production in East Africa
- USDA Develops Inventory for Wild Relatives of Important Crops
- New Process Makes "Biogasoline" from Farm Waste
- Potatoes Show Promise for Meeting Climate Change Challenges
- Researchers Find Genetic Cause for Citrus Canker
- Protein as 'Master Regulator' Controls Flowering, Disease Resistance in Plants
- Adoption and Uptake Pathway of GM Technology by Chinese Smallholders: Evidence from Bt Cotton Production
- Pakistan Formulates Biotech Policy Plan
- Asia and Pacific Countries Finalize Regional Rice Strategy
- India Should Not Succumb to Unscientific Prejudices Againts GM Crops: Prime Minister
- UN to Give Technical Facilities to Pakistan's Agriculture, FAO Rep
- EuropaBio Launches Digital Platform for GM Dialogue
- Scientists Reveal Secrets of Potato Blight
- Regulation of GMOs in India
- Study Shows that Beneficial Insects Unharmed by Bt Crops
- Comparative Diversity of Arthropods on Bt Maize and Non-Bt Maize in South Africa
Beyond Crop Biotech
- Scotts Tests Biotech Grass at Home Lawns
- Drug Company Searches for People with Super Traits
- 40 Chances Fellows
- Infographics About ISAAA: The Go-to-source of Information for GM Crops
Subscribe to CBU: