A Nairobi-based appropriate tech firm has received Sh2.46 billion to pursue regulatory approval for commercialisation of drought-tolerant and insect-resistant maize hybrids.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to non-state research agency African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) will be used to fast-track adoption of the newly developed maize hybrid, Tela, that has proved resilient even against the fall armyworm.
Field trials have taken place in Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa and Uganda.
African Agricultural Technology Foundation executive director Denis Kyetere said they would engage the government to have the bio-technologically improved maize seeds approved for multiplication and sale to smallholder farmers.
“This is indeed great news for AATF, smallholder farmers and our partners that the Gates Foundation and the United States Aid for International Development (USAid) value the role of biotechnology in addressing the effects of climate change across the continent,” he said. Read more