As the SANBio/BioFISA II programme is coming to a close at the end of June 2019, it is time to look back at what has been achieved and what the future might bring. Some of the projects funded through BioFISA II grants are turning into commercial enterprises and it is time to celebrate their achievements.
Minerals and vitamins are often ignored functional nutrients for grazing cattle especially in smallholder farming arears due to lack of technical know-how, convenient forms, availability or affordability.
It is reported that over 70% of farmers in Southern-Africa fail to realise the full value of their livestock due to poor nutrition, as a result animals suffer from chronic hunger, poor growth rate and fertility, low milk production and metabolic diseases.
SR Snacks (Pty) Ltd co-founder, Keneiloe Kganane - Bcom Economics and Econometrics graduate, is on a mission to revive sorghum in the South African market by providing innovative, climate-smart, nutritious, affordable and tasty sorghum snacks foods that will ensure food security for generations to come.
In the wake of Rhodes University student activist Khensani Maseko’s suicide after being allegedly raped by her boyfriend, as part of Women’s Month, women from different SADC countries in collective took to the streets to stand in solidarity as part of #Totalshutdown protests.
Cattle farmers can now test their animals on the spot for brucellosis, a highly infectious disease that threatens both bovine and human life. Much like a pregnancy test, the new diagnostic tool, developed by LifeAssay Diagnostics and supported by NEPAD SANBio, gives results within 10 minutes, and with even greater accuracy than slower, more expensive lab tests.
The SANBio/BioFISA II project portfolio currently consists of 15 collaborative projects in health and nutrition. The network brought in external experts for a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) visit in Cape Town on 23-27 October 2017 to monitor and evaluate the technical and business development progress of the projects. In addition to discussions and presentations related to the projects, the MEL programme included visits and facility tours to the University of Cape Town and LifeAssay Diagnostics.