BioInnovate Africa

Bio-resource Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (Bio-Innovate) is a regional initiative established in 2010 and funded by the Swedish government through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), as a competitive funding mechanism supporting bioscience research and product oriented innovation activities in the Eastern Africa countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.The Program is partnering with over 50organizations including public research organizations, private sector players and not-for-profit organizations as well as policy institutions in the region. The Program seeks to address the key question of how to effectively move research innovations to the market place for sustainable utilization and integration of the region’s bio-resources for economic growth and sustainable development. Bio-Innovate is the only initiative in the region that applies an integrated approach linking sustainable agriculture with agro-processing and value addition including agro-waste management, as well as innovation policy analysis. The Program emphasizes on the application of modern biosciences to improve crop productivity and resilience to climate change in smallholder farming systems and to increase the efficiency of the agro-processing industry to add value to local bio-resources in a sustainable way..
 
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Speaking to the private sector players in the canning bean sector in Kenya one cannot fail to note their excitement…  over the new canning bean varieties that were released in 2015.  Beans is the most important source of protein, iron and zinc for resource poor communities in Eastern Africa. With a growing middle class and…

BioInnovate Africa, May/2015

It has been a while since the Bio-Innovate Voices .. was published but I am happy to inform you.. that we are back on air! As you may be aware, Bio-Innovate Phase I is coming to an end in September 2015 and we would like to take this opportunity to share some of our recent achievements.…

BioInnovate Africa, May/2015

Presently it is estimated that less than 10% of industries in Eastern Africa treat their industrial and agro processing waste to any degree. This poses serious health and environmental challenges to the growing population of the region. Bio-Innovate supported scientists across Eastern Africa to develop innovative solutions to treat and convert such wastewater into energy…

BioInnovate Africa, May/2015

Tanzania Minister officially opens wastewater treatment and biogas plant in Arusha supported by Bio-Innovate Africa

BioInnovate Africa, May/2015

Final Phase I Annual Review Meeting (ARM) for the Bio-Innovate Africa program will be held on  29th June 2015.  This is an ILR-SIDA management meeting and during this meeting the draft phase I program report will be discussed.

BioInnovate Africa, Jun/2015

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting of the Bio-Innovate Africa Program

BioInnovate Africa, Jun/2015

Project Review Meetings for Projects 5: (Integrated agro-industrial wastewater treatment and value addition)

BioInnovate Africa, May/2015

Sweet potato is the second most important tuber crop in Uganda and has potential to provide food security to many resource poor rural homesteads… and in particular regions that traditionally have poor soils and whose weather pattern has become erratic ostensibly due to climate change. Unlike other subsistence crops, sweet potatoes can stay in the…

BioInnovate Africa, Apr/2015

eans is the most important source of protein, iron and zinc for resource poor communities in Eastern Africa. With a growing middle class and steady international market, canning beans has potential to become a major cash crop for farmers. However production of canning beans is hampered by lack of high quality seeds. Bio-Innovate Africa supported scientists from universities and national research organizations to produce nine new high yielding, disease and drought tolerant canning bean varieties that have been released in Kenya and Ethiopia and are being tested in Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda.

BioInnovate Africa, Apr/2015

Kenya and Tanzania are the world’s second and third largest producers of sisal, Agave sisalana, with a number of large plantation estates and processing factories...

BioInnovate Africa, Apr/2015

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Abel Anyolo
Finance and Administration Officer
Allan Liavoga
Acting Program Manager, Bioinnovate