Welcome to SANBio

A platform for shared biosciences research, development and innovation to address health and nutrition issues of Southern Africa.

Our Activities

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a shared biosciences research, development and innovation platform for working collaboratively to address some of Southern Africa's key biosciences issues in health, nutrition and health-related intervention areas such as agriculture and environment.

SANBio was established in 2005 under the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), as one of the five networks established under the African Biosciences Initiative (ABI), to cover the SADC region. The platform provides access to world-class laboratories for African and international scientists conducting research on African biosciences challenges. The SANBio Hub (the CSIR) hosts and provides financial management and operational support to the Secretariat.  In consultation with the SANBio Secretariat and NEPAD, the Hub ensures that there are structures and systems in place that support the transparent and independent review of Network proposals and progress.


The Network focuses on Agricultural Products  (biocontrol, biosafety, and fertilisers) and Aquaculture (fish farming technologies in communities and schools).                              



In health the Network's focal areas are Human Health, Health-related Agriculture issues, and Health and the environment. These include issues such as Bioprospecting for remedies, Diagnostics, Food drug Interactions, Food allergies, Climate change, Green Technologies, Industrial Biologics, and Genetic Resource Management.



The RD&I programmes under nutrition focus on: Alternative sources of proteins; micronutrients & cabohydrates; Food processing;  Value addition of indigenous foods and neglected foods; Indigenous coping strategies to natural and man-made disaster; and Nutrition education.



The RD&I focus areas on livestock are Animal Production (indigenous breeds and genetics) and Animal Health (therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics).

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What's Happening

Arab Republic of Egypt and Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) empowering young professionals with aquaculture skills

As part of the mentorship program which aims at building the capacities of the youth and young professionals in Africa and strengthening the bilateral relationship between Malawi and the Arab Republic of Egypt; LUANAR through NEPAD Regional Fish Node nominated 2 staff members who have been supported by the Egyptian government to  undertake hands on training in the field of "Small Scale Freshwater Fish Farming" from 30 July to 11 August 2016 in Cairo, Egypt. Click here for more information 

Annual gathering to empower women in agriculture

Women farmers across Southern Africa are getting ready for the annual gathering of women in agriculture, aimed at strengthening the entrepreneurial capacity of women in this sector. The annual gathering will take place from 26-29 September 2016 and is organised by the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU). Click here for more information

Youth Development Initiatives Are Key for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth

The focus of this year's International Youth Day (IYD), to be observed on August 12, 2016, resonates with the African Development Bank's key efforts that recognise the role of young people in sustainable development.  Under the theme, The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production, the 2016 IYD is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It emphasises the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production. Click here for more information

Yellow FeverOutbreak in Southern Africa: A Troubling Trend

The yellow fever epidemic in Angola is it's worst in 30 years. Click here for more information