Africa Union signs ag technology access deal
The African Union Commission and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation have agreed a memorandum of understanding to develop and deliver agricultural technology to African farmers. The continent has one of the lowest levels of farm productivity in the world as a result of the absence of agricultural technologies to deal with pests and diseases that face the region’s smallholder farmers, the partners say. The Foundation works in eight sub-Sahara African countries. Priority areas for the Foundation include addressing the impact of climate change in agriculture; pest management; soil management, nutrient enhancement in foods; improved breeding methods; and mechanisation. These are addressed through the access, development and deployment of accessible, transferable, adaptable and proven technologies.