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..
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…