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

Southern Africa - Drought Fact Sheet #6, Fiscal Year (FY) 2016

Southern Africa continues to experience the negative effects of El Nino-related drought conditions that began in 2015. The drought has resulted in widespread livestock losses, as well as signficant crop failure resulting in cereal deficits of 9 million metric tons (MT)--including maize deficits of 5 million MT--throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Click here for more information

AUC Urges AU leaders To Champion Aflatoxin Mitigation

AUC Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, yesterday urged African leaders to continue to champion the cause of aflatoxin mitigation in order to create policies and an enabling environment that would allow for evidence-based action plans to be implemented by various stakeholders. Click here for more information

Adapting Africa's agriculture to the exigencies of climate change

This World Food Day, Sunday, October 16, 2016, will mark the 71st anniversary of the creation of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) whose primary objective is to free humanity from hunger and malnutrition. Focusing on "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too," the theme resonates with the next UN Climate Change Conference, COP22, which takes place November 7-18, 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco. Click here for more information

FAO Africa Agriculture Outlook 2016-2025

This year's FOECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook is a special edition featuring an in-depth look at the opportunities and challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa in the next decade. The 140 page report is a wealth of information thanks to all the resources and talent employed by the UN, FAO, and OECD. We are very fortunate to have individualized predictions for each crop and analysis of which specific factors could trigger growth spurts in the Sub-Saharan agribusiness market.  Click here for more information

Feed Africa: Strategy for Agriculture Transformation in Africa 2016-2025 launched

Agriculture is a major source of income in Africa; however, untapped agricultural potential has contributed to persistent poverty and deteriorating food security, resulting in a projected increase in the number of undernourished people from ~240m in 2015 to ~320m by 2025. Click here for more information