The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences supported by the BioFISA II Programme recently held a Principles of Phytomedicine, Ethnomedicine, Science and Product Formulation course in Seychelles in collaboration with Seychelles Bureau of Standards (SBS), National Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation (NSTI) and the
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.
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.
What do you get when you combine a team of Mechanical Engineering, Law and Information Technology students and challenge them to build basic but crucial lab equipment?
As the African proverb says, “you empower a woman, you empower a nation”. Taking this powerful thought forward, the 2nd season of the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme aims to trigger the possibility of empowering a generation by empowering the women.
Africa continues to be defined by stereotypes: it is poor; it is conflict-ridden; it is starving and dangerous. Subsequently we have come to believe and even been retold our own narrative based on this skewed perception.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) Director General, Phil Mjwara announced the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (NEPAD SANBio) as one of the new models of international cooperation to address SA’s key biosciences priority issues in health and nutrition.