Straight from the farmer’s mouth – Dr Lizyben Chidamba talks oyster mushroom farming

Ready to harvest oyster mushrooms

Mushrooms are one of the most economical commodities that can be produced produced in an ecological and climate friendly way. Given their nutritional and medicinal value they hold the promise to play a key role in a green future, converting agricultural waste to food. Consequently, the commercial production of edible mushrooms has increased more than 30 times since 1978. Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus spp.) account for about 14% of the world market share.

Frugal innovative backyard mushroom farming

Ndaka Mushrooms

With the prevailing chronic poverty, droughts, and high demand of nutritious food across the globe, NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Bioscience (SANBio) Namibia Student Ambassador, Abner Tomas has come up with an innovative and frugal way to grow mushrooms with the aim to create income generating opportunities for unemployed youth in Namibia.

Next Generation of Problem Solvers – Team Botswana SANBioLabHack 2018

PCR Machine

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Africa is challenged by shortages of laboratory equipment in teaching institutions. In South Africa, according to an online Fintech article, 86% of SA’s 23 589 public schools do not have science labs.

While these alarming statistics may apply to the SA context, sadly this problem is also found in every developing nation and Botswana is no exception.

Unsung natural resources reign supreme at FemBioBioz Phase 2 competition in Mozambique

FBB Moz Phase 2 Finalists

The phase 2 competition of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme participants echoed a common purpose: to use Mozambique’s abundant and underutilised natural resources to better the wellbeing of their communities.