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AATF Boosts Agricultural Research at IAR with Cutting-Edge Equipment

By Faridat Salifu

The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has extended its support to the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) through a donation of state-of-the-art equipment.

The recent donation includes advanced facilities such as greenhouse infrastructure and modern seed storage units, poised to revolutionize crop research and seed preservation efforts at IAR.

During the equipment handover ceremony, Dr. Emmanuel Okogbenin, AATF’s Director of Programme Development and Commercialisation, emphasized the transformative potential of the donated facilities.

The centerpiece of the donation, a cutting-edge greenhouse facility, promises optimal growing conditions for diverse crops, enabling year-round research activities regardless of external weather variations.

Dr. Okogbenin highlighted the importance of collaboration in driving agricultural sustainability, reaffirming AATF’s commitment to supporting initiatives that advance food security across Africa.

By equipping institutions like IAR with essential resources, AATF aims to empower agricultural research and innovation, ultimately contributing to the continent’s agricultural development agenda.

Dr. Yusuf Ado, Executive Director of IAR, expressed profound gratitude for the generous donation from AATF, acknowledging the transformative impact of the state-of-the-art facilities on the institute’s research capabilities.

He emphasized their role in fostering sustainable agriculture and ensuring food security for future generations.

With access to cutting-edge equipment, IAR is poised to make significant strides in agricultural productivity, leveraging innovative solutions to address pressing challenges and secure a prosperous future for agricultural communities.

This collaborative initiative exemplifies the potential for partnerships between public and private entities to drive positive change in agriculture, fostering innovation and resilience in the face of global challenges.


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