SANBio Annual Event 2019 - Beyond the Valleys: Untold Tales of Biopreneurs

Closing panel during the event

The NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) with the support of the BioFISA II Programme hosted the network’s third Annual Event from 21-22 May 2019 at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. With over 280 delegates from 17 countries, 56 speakers participating in 9 sessions, and 5 spotlight presentations during the event, there was a buzz of knowledge exchange and interaction among multi-helix players representing the private and public sectors, academia and civil society in the SADC bioscience innovation ecosystem.  

Zimbabwe hosts a SANBio/BioFISA II Project Closure Stakeholders’ Workshop

Group photo

As the SANBio/BioFISA II programme is coming to a close at the end of June 2019, it is time to look back at what has been achieved and what the future might bring. Some of the projects funded through BioFISA II grants are turning into commercial enterprises and it is time to celebrate their achievements.

Optimised Ash Based Beef Cattle Mineral and Vitamin Block Lick for Free Choice Feeding

cows grazing

Minerals and vitamins are often ignored functional nutrients for grazing cattle especially in smallholder farming arears due to lack of technical know-how, convenient forms, availability or affordability.

It is reported that over 70% of farmers in Southern-Africa fail to realise the full value of their livestock due to poor nutrition, as a result animals suffer from chronic hunger, poor growth rate and fertility, low milk production and metabolic diseases.

The sorghum revolution – celebrating treasures of the African soil

So Yhum biscuit range

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.

Next Generation of Problem Solvers – Team Botswana SANBioLabHack 2018

PCR Machine

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.