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.
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 Southern Africa Network for Biosciences supported by the BioFISA II Programme recently held a Principles of Phytomedicine, Ethnomedicine, Science and Product Formulation course in Seychelles in collaboration with Seychelles Bureau of Standards (SBS), National Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation (NSTI) and the
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.
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.
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.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) Director General, Phil Mjwara announced the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (NEPAD SANBio) as one of the new models of international cooperation to address SA’s key biosciences priority issues in health and nutrition.