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

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

Malnutrition an indication of malfunctioning society 

MALNUTRITION is an indication of a mal-functioning society, says Victor Ajieroh of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Speaking at the just-ended African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) on agriculture in Nairobi, Ajieroh noted that better nourished nations were more productive. Click here for more information

Scaling up climate-smart agriculture solutions for Southern African farmers

14 September 2016 will see the inception of meeting and working sessions for a new flagship project "Scaling-Up Climate-Smart Agricultural Solutions for Cereals and Livestock Farmers in Southern Africa" - a collaboration between the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)and the Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Union (SACAU), the International Maize and Wheat Centre (CIMMYT/CCAFS) and several other partners. Click here for more information

Entrepreneurship, Job Creation Take Centre Stage at NEPAD Meet

The two-day Second Africa Rural Development Forum concluded Friday with renewed calls to economically empower young people, many of whom are leaving the resource-rich continent and migrating to places like Europe under very risky circumstances. Opening the conference, the director of programmes implementation and communication at the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Estherine Fotabong, reminded delegates that Africa's high economic growth rates have not translated into high levels of employment and reductions in poverty for youth and those living in rural areas. Click here for more information

Policies on Food Processing Necessary to Strengthen Africa's Agriculture

The African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Akinwumi Adesina, has addressed the challenge of post-harvest losses in Africa, while outlining the importance of policy regulations to end the losses in a continent that spends US $35 billion on food imports each year. Click here for more information

CAADP Enables African Countries Increase Agriculture Productivity

African Countries that implemented Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) have posted higher agriculture productivity and stronger GDP growth, as well as sharper decline in malnutrition compared to countries that have not adopted it. Click here for more information

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