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Meridian Institute

African Agricultural Technology Foundation

External Project Site: www.aatf-africa.org
Related: Agriculture and Food Systems, Science and Technology

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) is an Africa-based, African-led organization with a mission of food security and poverty reduction. In pursuing its mission, the AATF links the needs of resource-poor farmers with potential technological solutions; acquires technologies from technology providers through royalty-free licenses or agreements; establishes partnerships with existing institutions to adapt agricultural technology to African circumstances; ensures compliance with all laws associated with the use of these technologies; and promotes the wide distribution of the technologies as appropriate.


Meridian assisted in the establishment of the AATF by facilitating consultations and planning meetings among a diverse set of stakeholders regarding the design and purpose of the organization. The stakeholders included the five major international seed companies (Dupont/Pioneer, Monsanto, DowAgro, Syngenta, and Aventis (now Bayer Crop Sciences)), international donors (the Rockefeller Foundation, the US Agency for International Development, and the UK Department for International Development), international agricultural research centers, national research programs in Africa (in Kenya, Uganda, the Ivory Coast, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi), African scientists in universities, African farmers’ unions, government ministry officials, nongovernmental organizations, and African seed companies. These stakeholder consultations culminated in the incorporation of the AATF and the first board meeting in January 2003. The AATF is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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