I4F project turns mealworms into sustainable food products


Insects For Feed, Food and Fertiliser (I4F), a flagship project funded by NEPAD SANBio through the BioFISA II programme, is turning highly nutritious yellow mealworms into animal feed, food and other products.

When you think of insects, your first thoughts are probably of creepy crawlies; they might make you feel scared, grossed out or just uncomfortable. But a new project wants you to feel differently about insects, and more specifically mealworms. Could you ever think of these squirming bugs as food?

African biotech initiative promises relief from ARV side effects

Genetic puzzle
A multinational NEPAD SANBio project called GeneDose is using genetic tests to fight the harmful side effects of antiretrovirals. Now starting clinical trials in Zimbabwe, GeneDose will improve patients’ quality of life and make personalised medicine a reality in Africa.

Resurrection bush tea

Resurrection bush tea


The project aims to commercialise Resurrection Bush Tea out of Zimbabwe. Resurrection bush is drunk in small volumes by herbal tea drinkers in Zimbabwe, and to a smaller extent in South Africa. However, at present the domestic volumes are lower than it is believed they could be, with a more premium product aimed at higher end and tourist markets. In addition the project believes it is possible to enter the international market with the required safety and toxicology data in place.

Profile: the FemBioBiz Pitch Training event Winner in Zimbabwe, Stella Gonye

Stella teaching children about dental health

Stella Gonye won the FemBioBiz Pitch Training event in Zimbabwe on 2 June 2017 and is one of the FemBioBiz finalists.

Stella Gonye has been in the dental practice for 9 years and she is also a Tutor at the School of Dental Therapy and Technology at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, Zimbabwe. “I am a self-driven Dental Therapist passionate about health matters. My purpose in life is to serve communities and bring healthy smiles to people,” she states.

From Waste to Feed: Profiling Mrs Memory Revesai and Partner Feeds Pvt Ltd

Mrs Memory Revesai

As part of the activities related to the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme, SANBio is profiling female bioscientists and bioentrepreneurs working in the innovation space.

“I believe in trying out new things and confidently taking on calculated risks and challenges until a vision has turned into reality. As a result I have been able to make a giant step out of my comfort zone into bioscience-based business fields currently dominated by men.“ – Mrs Memory Revesai, Partner Feeds Pvt Ltd

Emancipating Communities from Poverty Through Science: Profiling Ms Patience Dorothy Dhliwayo-Chiunzi

Dr Dhliwayo-Chiunzi

As part of the activities related to the FemBioBiz Acceleration Programme, SANBio is profiling female bioscientists and bioentrepreneurs working in the innovation space.

“Science-based research and development work has the potential to make long lasting beneficial impact on communities.”

Biosciences Guru receives a Presidential Outstanding Researcher Award

Prof Collen Masimirembwa posing with his awards

Prof Collen Masimirembwa, the President & Chief Executive Officer of the African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AiBST), was awarded “The Robert Gabriel Mugabe Outstanding Research Award” at the 11th Zimbabwe International Research Symposium held in February 2017 at the Rainbow Towers in Harare.

The awards celebrate individuals or group(s) and companies who have done outstanding research in their areas of specialisation and have registered success in employing Research and Development (R&D) or commercialisation of research results in service of Zimbabwe.