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AATF: Facilitating access and delivery of appropriate technologies for smallholder farmers in Africa
 

AATF: Facilitating access and delivery of appropriate technologies for smallholder farmers in Africa

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Presented by Denis Kyetere at the First Bio-Innovate Regional Scientific Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25-27 February 2013

Presented by Denis Kyetere at the First Bio-Innovate Regional Scientific Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25-27 February 2013


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    AATF: Facilitating access and delivery of appropriate technologies for smallholder farmers in Africa AATF: Facilitating access and delivery of appropriate technologies for smallholder farmers in Africa Presentation Transcript

    • AATFFacilitating Access and Delivery of Appropriatetechnologies for smallholder farmers in Africa Denis Kyetere
    • African Agriculture: Under- PerformingYields are stationary or decliningYet population has continued to increaseProduction per capita is declining
    • The Reasons• Low farm productivity: – Poor quality soils/lack of access to fertilizers – Inadequate irrigation – Absence of appropriate technology – Poor infrastructure – Pests and diseases – Lack of access to credit – The HIV/AIDS Pandemic – etc
    • AATF Mandate & Rationale• To facilitate public/private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate agricultural technologies addressing smallholder farmers’ constraints in SSARationale • Need for effective mechanisms to negotiate the access and transfer of appropriate technologies held by the public and private sectors from anywhere in the world to Africa • Need for appropriate partnerships to manage the deployment of these technologies until they are within reach of smallholder farmers
    • AATF Mission and VisionMissionAccess and deliver appropriateagricultural technologies forsustainable use by smallholder inSSAVisionProsperous farmers and a foodsecure Africa
    • AATF Strategic Thrusts• Negotiating access to and ensuring stewardship of appropriate technologies that enhance the productivity of agriculture in Africa• Managing partnerships for project formulation, product development and deployment to introduce innovative agricultural technologies to African farming systems• Managing information and knowledge to support technology identification, product development and deployment, and a conducive policy environment
    • AATF ApproachFocus• Food and high value crops produced by smallholder farmers in SSATechnological interventions criteria – Targeted priority agricultural problems – Accessible, transferable, adaptable & proven technologiesPartnership & Stewardship• Act as the ‘responsible party’ ensuring technologies are appropriately and responsibly used across the value chain
    • How AATF Operates Technology Licensors License Technology/Know-how Support in Kind Funding Agencies AATF Sub-licenseContracts 1 2 3 4 Production & Research Research NGO/PrivatePartners Institute Institute Distribution Stockists Company Farmers Basic/Strategic/ Demonstration Regulatory Production &Activities Adaptive Approvals Distribution & Market Research Development
    • Working Across Value Chain• Steps in the value • AATF Roles chain – IP management – Technology identification – Regulatory compliance and access – R&D management – Research & – Monitoring and Development facilitation • Proof of concept – Communication • Field testing – Stewardship – Input production – Impact assessment – Input delivery – Partnership Management – Use of inputs – Surplus marketing
    • AATF Intervention• Technology licensing and regulatory approval• Freedom to operate (FTO) assessments• Licensing for regional distribution• Liability protection• Product Development and testing• Commercialisation• Stewardship• Partnerships Management• Communication and public awareness
    • Product Development and DeploymentProduct Development Proof of Concept Product Devt. I Product Devt. II Deployment Agricultural Innovation Platform and Deployment Protocol Seed production Efficacy testing optimization Trait integration Seed Sales Event generation Elite event selection Variety Field production development Molecular Agronomic trials Market access characterization Product Profiling and Impact Assessment Enabling Functions IP Management, Licensing and Technology Stewardship Communication and Issue Management Regulatory Science and Management of Regulatory Affairs R&D Management and Coordination
    • Priority Problem Areas for AATF• Impact of climate change on crop productivity• Yield losses of staple and high value crops from pests and diseases• Soil related constraints to crop productivity• High cost and low efficient plant breeding processes• Inadequate mechanization• Micronutrient and vitamin related malnutrition among resource poor farmers
    • Current AATF Activities1. Striga control in smallholder maize field2. Insect-resistant cowpea3. Improvement of banana for resistance against banana bacterial wilt4. Biological Control of Aflatoxin5. Drought-tolerance in maize6. Improving Rice Productivity in Nitrogen-Deficient and Saline Environments of Sub-Saharan Africa
    • ATTF Investors• Rockefeller Foundation• US Agency for International Development• UK Dept for International Development• Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation• Howard Buffet Foundation
    • Legal Status• Incorporated in UK January 2003, Kenya in April 2003 and Nigeria in 2010• Registered as charity under the laws of England & Wales in January 2005• Granted tax-exempt status in the US in 2006• Granted host country status by Government of Kenya in June 2005
    • FONDATION AFRICAINE POUR LES TECHNOLOGIES AGRICOLES