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Rwanda to Host Second Edition of the African Conference of Agricultural Technology (ACAT) in 2025

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  • Rwanda will host the second edition of the African Conference of Agricultural Technology (ACAT) in 2025.
  • The announcement came, following the successful inaugural event held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2023.
  • The ACAT event brought together notable dignitaries from across Africa, including former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.

As the maiden edition of the African Conference of Agricultural Technology (ACAT) came to an end the African Agricultural Foundation (AATF), organisers of the conference, announced that the 2nd edition will be hosted in Rwanda, in 2025. 

The inaugural ACAT event, co-organised by the AATF and the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, took place at the Safari Park Hotel, in Nairobi, Kenya, between October 30 to November 3rd, 2023, with the theme, “Agricultural Resilience through Innovation”. 

The event had in attendance, notable dignitaries from across Africa, including the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and goodwill Ambassador, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, AATF Executive Director and Dr Canisius Kanangire, with a representative for Cabinet Secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Mithika Linturi. 

The ACAT event was an environment for intellectual exchange on the development and scaling of agricultural technologies and innovations that will bring about economic growth and development in Africa. 

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In his speech, Jonathan commended the efforts of the AATF body in promoting innovation in agriculture, commenting on the informative and expository nature of the event, which not only brings to light the challenges that face agricultural development in Africa, but steps to assuage these problems using technology. The goodwill ambassador also added that through events like the ACAT, there are prospects for agricultural transformation on the continent, “We must seize the opportunity to harness our resources, and channel our investments wisely to drive the innovation necessary for a prosperous agricultural sector in Africa,” Jonathan conceded. 

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Founded in 2003 to address food security in Africa, the African Agricultural Foundation (AATF) provides farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with practical technology solutions and innovations to curb the challenges of farm productivity, and in turn, increase economic growth through agriculture. AATF is active in 23 countries of East, Southern and West Africa, and is currently tackling challenges that affect key staples in Sub-Saharan Africa, including maize, rice, cassava, cowpeas, bananas, and potatoes.

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