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AATF Partners with Nigeria's Agri Ministry to Advance Agri

May 14, 2014

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) and Nigeria's Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development signed a memorandum of understanding on 25 April 2014 at the Ministry's headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. The memorandum will see the Ministry and AATF collaborate in research programs that will facilitate technology transfer and commercialization of new crop varieties which will contribute to the achievement of food security and alleviation of poverty in Nigeria. These efforts will help smallholder farmers in Nigeria improve their crop yields through the use of new and better agricultural technologies

Speaking during the signing ceremony, the country's Minister of State for Agriculture, Asmau Asabe Ahmad, said that the ministry was glad to partner with the Foundation, a one-stop-shop that provides expertise and know-how that facilitates the identification, access, development, delivery, and utilization of agricultural technologies. 

In his address, the Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, said that under the Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA), the ministry places a premium on technology as key to reversing the low agricultural productivity and unlocking the potential of smallholder farmers in Nigeria. While outlining some of the technologies that AATF and national partners are working on in Nigeria such as the development of pod borer resistant cowpea varieties and cassava mechanization and agro-processing, among others. He said that the new technologies are expected to improve the livelihoods of farmers and their families by increasing yields and labor productivity. 

For more information on AATF's work in Nigeria, contact Dr Prince Addae, the AATF Cowpea Project Manager at