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.
Shamisa lives in a dry part of Zimbabwe. With few prospects for income, she relies on small scale farming to feed her family.
Food insecurity impacts 239 million Africans, and up to 40% of children under the age of five are chronically undernourished, which affects their survival, and cognitive and physical development.
Africa is faced by many challenges, including economic and social, thus making science, technology and innovation key to addressing these challenges. Many African countries appropriate less than 1% of GDP for research and development. In 2007, the AU Heads of State and Government called for all Member States to allocate at least 1% of GDP to support research and development by 2010. To date, this target has not been reached.
NEPAD-SANBio/BioFISA II arranged a Lean LaunchPad™ Training Program for shortlisted seed funding candidates at the CSIR in Pretoria on 14–18 March 2016 to facilitate better proposal writing.
The African Union (AU) has declared 2015 as the Year of Women. As part of this appreciation of women in society, the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is profiling women who have used Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), to make a difference in the society. The series is meant to encourage gender equity and increased participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Congratulations!