Continuing Professional Development Course in Animal Health Diagnostics – A capacity building initiative

cows and flees

In an effort to improve field and laboratory detection skills of vector-borne and transboundary livestock diseases for veterinarians, the School of Veterinary Medicine (SoVM) of the University of Zambia (UNZA) partnered with the Central Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI) to develop and conduct a short course in thematic area of animal health diagnostics.

Namibia’s finest – FemBioBiz Phase 2 winners

FemBioBiz Phase 2 winners from Namibia

Four female entrepreneurs have won the Namibian round of the FemBioBiz Phase 2 competition, and will go on to compete at the South African Innovation Summit from 12-14 September in Cape Town. FemBioBiz is an acceleration programme and competition run by NEPAD SANBio through the Finnish-Southern African Partnership Programme BioFISA II, in partnership with regional partner organisations.

Capacity building empowers Lesotho female entrepreneur

Eternity Foods Soup

It is a well-known fact that women are the backbone of their communities and also play a key role in the economies of their countries. One woman who shares this sentiment is 52- year old Mmakgabatso Shale who has turned her company Eternity Foods into a community wealth-building model to empower other women.

Mushrooming opportunities

Oyster mushrooms

Have you ever wondered why mushrooms are so expensive and seem like an elitist food? Why would a fungus cost more than beef and fish? How nutritious could this delicacy be? Well, wonder no more. All types of edible mushrooms contain varying degrees of protein and fibre. They also contain B vitamins as well as selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues. Mushrooms are being increasingly researched and used for their important health benefits with different varieties having different medicinal properties.

Microbiomes in our Lives

Microbiome. Image credit: Darryl Leja, NHGRI

All plants and animals, from protists to humans, live in close association with microbial organisms that form microbiotas. A microbiota is an "ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms found in and on all multicellular organisms studied to date. A microbiota includes bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and viruses. The synonymous term microbiome describes either the collective genomes of the microorganisms that reside in an environmental niche or the microorganisms themselves.

Youth, Science and Indigenous Knowledge Systems - SANBio Winter School

Group photo taken during the Winter School

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.

Training course on Plant Genetic Resources Management held in Lusaka

Group photo taken during the course

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences, in partnership with the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC) and with support from the BioFISA II Programme, is hosting a training course on Plant Genetic Resources Management in Lusaka, Zambia, from 7-12 August 2017.