In Sub-Saharan Africa, the resource-poor smallholder farmer battles against weeds, diseases and adverse weather conditions leading to poor harvests. Their counterparts in Asia, Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world enjoy improved crop yields through the aid of modern agricultural technologies.
Working with the resource-poor smallholder farmer in mind, the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is a not-for-profit foundation, managed and led by Africans to foster public-private partnerships for the access and delivery of appropriate technologies for improved agricultural productivity.
AATF was incorporated in the United Kingdom in January 2003 and registered in Kenya, its host country, in April 2003. AATF is also registered as a charity under the laws of England and Wales.
The Nairobi-based AATF's vision is prosperous farmers and a food secure Africa, enabled through AATF's catalytic role in bringing innovative technologies to smallholder farmers. The structure and operations of AATF draw upon the best practices and resources of both the public and private sectors. In line with its mission the AATF:
Links the needs of resource-poor farmers with potential technological solutions
Acquires technologies from technology owners through royalty-free licenses or agreements along with associated materials and knowhow for use on behalf of Africa's resource-poor farmers
Establishes partnerships with existing institutions to adapt agricultural technology for use by farmers in Africa
Ensures compliance with all laws associated with the use of these technologies
Promotes the wide distribution of the technologies as appropriate
By linking food security, poverty reduction, market development and economic growth, AATF aims to change the widespread conventional approaches employed by African producers engaged in agri-business to make these activities sustainable over time.
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