The role of African food plants and animals in health promotion and disease prevention, in attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2 (Zero Hunger) and 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages) cannot be overemphasised.
On 31 July – 3 August 2017, NEPAD SANBio (Southern Africa Network for Biosciences), with the support of the BioFISA II Programme (a Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme to Strengthen NEPAD SANBio), and the Botswana Innovation Hub held the SANBio Winter School on Indigenous Knowledge Systems Commercialisation in Gaborone, Botswana.
Fruits can be considered one of the best sources of vitamins, and fruit production for and by communities has been encouraged by governments in several countries in the SADC region. However, inefficient practices in both harvesting and post-harvest processing lead to much of the produce being lost. Post-harvest losses of fruit have been estimated to account for up to 50% of total fruit produced in Sub-Saharan Africa. The reduction of these losses can be seen as a vital component of increasing food security.