Interaction at all levels of the value chain is necessary for the biotrade to flourish, which is why the ABS Capacity Development Initiative, ABS compliant Biotrade in Southern Africa (ABioSA) and BioInnovation Africa (BIA) are cooperating with a variety of different stakeholders on the African and European continent. 


Cameroonian Partner(s) 

European Partner(s)


Objectives of the partnership 

Appui à l’Autopromotion des Femmes de la Bomba Et Ngoko (AAFEBEN)  

Community Association for Sustainable Development” (CASuDev) 

V. Mane Fils  Tetrapleura tetraptera and Mondia whitei
  • Setting up new, ABS-compliant value chains the international flavor and fragrance market 

  • Capacitate local producers on sustainable collection and drying methods 

No Cameroonian partner Firmenich  Various indigenous species 
  • Implement measures ensuring compliance with Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) laws and regulations for the development of new flavor and/or fragrance compounds, based on resources originating from Cameroon, for the food and/or cosmetics-home care industries 
Guide d’Espoir (Guiding Hope) The Body Shop, Weleda, Tropical Forest Products  Beeswax 
  • Strengthening the market competitiveness of local beekeepers through capacitating them in organic certified production for a new European client 



Malagasy partner(s)  

European partner


Objectives of the partnership

Indfrag Biosciences, Ravina Sarl, Madagascar Green Products Sarl  L‘Oréal  Indian pennywort/Asiatic pennywort (Centella asiatica
  • Advance ethical sourcing practices and strengthen the supply chain, by advancing fair prices to pickers and making a contribution to local development and biodiversity conservation 
Floribis  V. Mane Fils  Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) 
No partner SEPPIC  Indian pennywort/Asiatic pennywort (Centella asiatica
  • Foster sectorial exchange between key actors 
Aroma Forest  Behave  Saro (Cinnamosma fragrans
  • Strengthen the supply chain through capacitating local collectors on sustainable practices and by supporting those communities in organizational development and BCPs 



Namibian Partner(s)

European Partner(s)


Objectives of the partnership

CRIAA SA-DC  Confidential

Manketti (Schinziophyton rautanenii)

  • Prepare robust technical and regulatory dossier elements to initiate the commercial development and marketing of a novel ingredient 
IRDNC, Parceval  V. Mane Fils  Developing novel essential oils of so far underutilized plant species 
  • Identify and obtain access, from the Namibian government and conservancies, to plants with potential for essential oils and other extracts to be marketed to potential international customers, such as flavor and fragrance houses 
NANCi, Namibian Devil’s Claw Exporters’ Association Trust Naturex Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum)
  • Implement sustainability standards in the Devil’s Claw industry to ensure long term availability of the botanical resource and the viability of subsequent economical activities for all the stakeholders 

  • Improve quality control and promote the GACP+ compliance by pro-active training and registration of value chain actors

IRDNC / Kunene Conservancies Indigenous Natural Products Trust  Regenerative Essences  Commiphora wildii resin and Colophospermum mopane 
  • Overcome non-tariff trade barriers to provide access to European and other international cosmetic markets 

  • Explore and coordinate advisory services and marketing activities in conformity with the national regulations, legislations and policies 

SEED Agro Processing  Kambaku Energy GmbH  Marula (Scelerocarya birrea
  • Strengthen the local supply chain by capacitating local producers on sustainable practices, quality requirements and traceability 
Eudafano Women’s Cooperative Ltd  The Body Shop International, Aldivia, Gustav Heess Group  Marula (Scelerocarya birrea
  • Strengthen the resilience of a biodiversity-based, fair trade cosmetic ingredient supply chain (Eudafano marula oil) by local quality improvement, certification, market access and ABS compliance 
Namibia Nature Foundation, KAZA Natural Oils  Blue Sky Botanics  Novel/interesting botanical ingredients in KAZA region 
  • Identify and commercially develop interesting botanical ingredients from the KAZA region 

  • Build ABS-compliant, sustainable supply chains for these ingredients from local communities 

  • Develop local-level value addition opportunities where possible


South Africa

Partnerships BioInnovation Africa

South African Partner(s)

European Partner


Objectives of the partnership



Marula  (Scelerocarya birrea

  • Identify and commercially develop innovative processes and products for the use of Marula by-products 

  • Ensure ABS compliance 

  • Capacitate local producers on sustainable harvest and quality improvement 




  • Establish a sustainable and ABS compliant supply chain of an indigenous resource. 

  • Foster technology transfer to local suppliers 


Southern African Essential Oil Producers’ Association (SAEOPA) 

V. Mane Fils 

Several aromatic plants still largely unknown or not commercialized 

  • Assess potential of aromatic plants as essential oil species and for other extracts 

  • Mentor black-owned companies engaged in essential oils production on processing, sustainable cultivation and harvesting  

Parceval, Honeybush Community of Practice 

V. Mane Fils 

Honeybush (Cyclopia

  • Establish consistent and high-quality supply of Honeybush (C. subternata) for extract development and ensure ABS compliance for the research phase 

  • Capacitate local producers on quality / grading and Good Agricultural and Collection Practice (GACP) 

South African Rooibos Council (SARC), 

Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) 

Martin Bauer Group 

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis

  • Develop and test sector specific guidance for Rooibos of the UEBT/RA Herbs and Spices standards with local producers inclusive of sector consultation and the development of sector specific guidance  

Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region Non Profit Company (K2C Non Profit Company), 

The Western Cape Nature Conservation Board (CapeNature) 


Several plants, still to be identified 

  • Development of sustainable Fragrances based on South African biodiversity 

  • Ensure ABS compliance

Greater Sekhukhune Region Secondary Co-operative (GSRC) 

Kambaku Energy GmbH 

Marula (Scelerocarya birrea

  • Strengthen the local supply chain by capacitating local producers on sustainable practices, quality requirements and traceability 

South African Association of the Flavour & Fragrance Industry (SAAFFI) & 


International Fragrance Association (IFRA) / International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI)  Buchu (Agathosma spp) 
  • Develop a fair and industry-wide procedure for all stakeholders in the value chain, in compliance with relevant competition laws, through simplifying the ABS permitting process for the sector.