As part of our youth engagement aims, the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences attended the Ritja Career Fair, an initiative that was started in 2013 in Windhoek to encourage, motivate and guide young people in Namibia to strive towards contributing to Namibia’s development and sustainability in various sectors. The fair also addressed issues concerning choices of career path and the requirement thereof.
Fruits can be considered one of the best sources of vitamins, and fruit production for and by communities has been encouraged by governments in several countries in the SADC region. However, inefficient practices in both harvesting and post-harvest processing lead to much of the produce being lost. Post-harvest losses of fruit have been estimated to account for up to 50% of total fruit produced in Sub-Saharan Africa. The reduction of these losses can be seen as a vital component of increasing food security.
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.
Namibia, while a beautiful country with five distinct geographical areas, is also the driest country in sub-Saharan Africa. Water is scarce, and the dry climate contributes to limited vegetation, leading to a lack of firewood. As firewood is an important energy source in rural areas, it is a valued resource. Fire has many uses after all; it can, for example, be used for sterilization of mushroom substrates.