The #SANBioLabHack2018 took place in Pretoria, South Africa, this week with 17 undergraduate students coming together to turn their passion for innovation by addressing afro-centric solutions to common lab issues.
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.
Clemence is a 45-year old successful livestock farmer in rural countryside of Chipinge, in Zimbabwe. He is a family man with six children, 3 boys and 3 girls, all of them going through primary school. In the past two decades, Clemence has seen enough change in technology for a whole life-time, starting from a time where one had to batter trade a cow for a mobile phone SIM card to now, where the same card costs less than USD 1. Now he does not have to write letters but send text messages.
Youth month activities kicked off in Zimbabwe last week at the inaugural LabHack in partnership with the National Biotech Authority (NBA), AU/NEPAD-Southern African Network of Biosciences (NEPAD-SANBio).
A project receiving funding from the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences / BioFISA II Programme, entitled Gene Dose EFV was awarded the 1st place award in GAP Biosciences/Medical Innovations at the recent Gauteng Acceleration Programme (GAP) event which was held in South Africa Gauteng on 17 November 2016.
This article is courtesy of our SANBio Student Ambassador for Zimbabwe, Joyce Fati Masvaya, who was the first person to complete the course, offered by BioFISA II, on Innovation Readiness.
It is said that the youth are the future of food security. Around the world, relatively few young people are involved in agriculture. With 200 million people aged between 15 and 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world and unemployment for youth is a growing concern: youth account for 60 per cent of all African unemployed, according to the World Bank.
Biotechnology is a field rife with opportunities and potential to improve the lives of communities across the globe. Nevertheless, some potential risks cannot be discounted. Today we are profiling a smart professional from the National Biotechnology Authority (NBA) in Zimbabwe, working on biosafety. NBA is a a statutory body with a mandate to manage and support biotech, research and application in Zimbabwe.
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.
What connection do marshmallows and DNA have? If one thinks of the spiral ones, then the answer is shape. However, in Zimbabwe, the SANBio/BioFISA II team came across another answer: marshmallows can be used in modelling genomes and molecules to educate children about genomics and get them excited about the sciences. That is exactly what the President & Chief Scientific Officer at AiBST, Prof Collen Masimirembwa, is doing as a small part of his activities: he has always been a strong believer in capacity building starting from an early age.