Vulnerable communities in SADC uplifted through science, innovation and technology

tea farming

Shamisa lives in a dry part of Zimbabwe. With few prospects for income, she relies on small scale farming to feed her family. 

Food insecurity impacts 239 million Africans, and up to 40% of children under the age of five are chronically undernourished, which affects their survival, and cognitive and physical development. 

Cosmeceuticals take centre stage

Fish scale cover

Human health and specialised bio-products was the order of the day at this year’s South Africa edition of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme (Season 2) – Phase 1 Business Training and Pitching competition, arranged by SANBio in partnership with the Africa Women Innovation Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF).  The event was held in Cape Town on 29-30 May 2018.

FemBioBiz offers female entrepreneurs a chance to learn and grow their businesses

FemBioBiz Season 1 Winners

The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is calling on female bio-entrepreneurs from the SADC region to submit their applications for the second season of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme. The first season of the programme boosted a number of female-led enterprises in the bioinnovation sector through skills development and funding.

Launch of FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme - SANBio empowering Female-owned Bio-Businesses

FemBioBiz

An acceleration programme aimed at supporting women in biosciences was launched on 21 February 2017, during the SANBio Annual Event 2017, by the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) with support from the BioFISA II programme.       


SANBio is a platform for shared biosciences research, development and innovation to address health and nutrition issues of Southern Africa and it is hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa.

Roots in Mozambique, experience from abroad, inspiration for the region – Profiling Dr Claudia Baule

Dr Claudia Baule

During our recent visit to Mozambique, we met with Dr Claudia Baule (DVM, PhD). Her enthusiasm towards biosciences presented an excellent chance to interview her more closely on her career as a scientist as well as her views on the role of biosciences not only in Mozambique but in the whole Southern Africa region. Due to the length of the interview, the below is a shortened version, and the full article can be found here.