Partnerships

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. 

BioInnovation Africa (Phase I & II)

Cameroon

Phase I

Cameroonian Partner(s) 

European Partner(s)

Resource(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 

 

Phase II

Cameroonian Partner(s) 

European Partner(s)

Resource(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
  • ABS compliance through negotiations
  • Enhance collection, processing, and traceability of Tetrapleura fruits
  • Strengthen cooperative and community capacities, introducing income-generating activities,  including coordination, monitoring, and reporting

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

Community Association for Sustainable Development” (CASuDev) 

V. Mane Fils  Mondia whitei
  • Enhance collection, processing, and traceability of Mondia whitei
  • Strengthen local capacities for communities and cooperatives, including coordination, monitoring, and reporting
  • Ensure biodiversity conservation through habitat restoration, conservation agriculture, and community awareness
Guide d’Espoir (Guiding Hope) Weleda, Norevo Beeswax 
  • Strengthen partner beekeeoer cooperative capacities and management while ensuring product quality and by-product valorization
  • Support partner cooperatives in biodiversity conservation activities

 

Madagascar

Phase I

Malagasy partner(s)  

European partner

Resource(s)

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 

 

Phase II

Malagasy partner(s)  

European partner(s)

Resource(s)

Objectives of the partnership

 BIO.ES.OIL Jacarandas International Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Strengthen the ginger rhizome supply chain for essential oil production in various industries, ensuring high-quality, traceable production, environmental conservation, increased farmer income through good practices, reforestation, and enhanced communication for mutually beneficial partnerships
Floribis  V. Mane Fils  Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata
  • Bring Ylang ylang cultivation, harvesting and downstream processing practices in line with the UNCTAD BioTrade principles to address the problem of deforestation
  • Strengthen the Ylang ylang supply chain to meet quality demands by training on sustainable farming and by capacity building to local businesses to benefit the local development and equitable trade
  • Enable a living wage study and environmental activities within and around the cultivation area for economic and social progress and inclusion of disadvantaged groups
Jacarandas Madagascar, BIO.ES.OIL, (Toly Hare) Laboheme, Jacarandas International Research & Development (several resources)
  • Develop new by-products from existing agricultural products to boost producers' incomes
  • Enhance the environmental performance of value chains to benefit small producers and businesses, ensuring agricultural and economic sustainabilit
  • Strengthen connections between local communities and Malagasy and European businesses through improved information exchange for fair benefit sharing and sustainable resource use

 

Namibia

Phase I

Namibian Partner(s)

European Partner(s)

Resource(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  Namibian Myrrh (Commiphora wildii) and Mopane (Colophospermum mopane) 
  • Overcome non-tariff trade barriers to provide access to European and other international cosmetic market
  • 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

 

Phase II

Namibian Partner(s)

European Partner(s)

Resource(s)

Objectives of the partnership

Namibia Network of the Cosmetics industry (NANCi), Namibian Devil’s Claw Exporters’ Association Trust (NDCEAT) Givaudan Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum)
  • Implement and evaluate GACP+ Guidelines, building capacity, training trainers, and developing an M&E framework to assess their impact on resource conservation and livelihood improvement
  • Promote GACP+ Guidelines and align the sector with ABS requirements through communication products, market promotion, and advocacy for biodiversity conservation and livelihood improvement
Eudafano Women’s Cooperative Ltd  The Body Shop International, Aldivia, Gustav Heess Group  Marula (Scelerocarya birrea
  • Strengthen the Eudafano marula oil supply chain and improve livelihoods by enhancing quality assurance, training staff and management, developing a sustainable productivity plan, and providing certification training
Namibia Nature Foundation Blue Sky Botanics  Silver Cluster-leaf (Terminalia sericea)
  • Build ABS-compliant, sustainable supply chains with local communities, establishing a primary processing site and providing technical training and capacity-building
  • Develop and test commercial products, while identifying and contracting local supply partners for value chain establishment and commercialization

 

South Africa

Phase I

South African Partner(s)

European Partner(s)

Resource(s)

Objectives of the partnership

HERBS-APLENTY 

Symrise

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 

Parceval

Dicot 

Confidential

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

  • Foster technology transfer to local suppliers 

Parceval, 

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) 

Symrise 

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) & 

Parceval 

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. 

 

Phase II

South African Partner(s)

European Partner(s)

Resource(s)

Objectives of the partnership

Parceval

Dicot 

Confidential

  • Establish and invest in a sustainable and bioprospecting-compliant supply chain of the resource
  • Empower and embed the communities in the supply chain of the resource
  • Explore innovative and novel ABS compliance models to secure future investment in the resource as a raw material

Grounded Management South Africa

Simon Levelt, Grounded Ingredients B.V., Commonland

Honeybush (Cyclopia)

  • Support improved sourcing and deployment of regenerative agricultural support practices
  • Promote sustainable harvesting practices for effective biodiversity management and sustainable use around the Honeybush resource
  • Assist farmers in certifying the Honeybush to improve the revenue and management of their product

South African Rooibos Council (SARC), Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) 

Martin Bauer Group 

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis)

  • Support the Rooibos industry to develop against prioritized areas of the UEBT/Rainforest Alliance Herbs and Spices Program for improved sustainability, market access, and to strengthen the ability to respond to due diligence requirements from the EU market.

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

International Fragrance Association (IFRA) / International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI)  Buchu (Agathosma spp)
  • Support industry-wide compliance for ABS
  • Develop and implement a short course to introduce Khoikhoi and San youth to the Buchu industry and its supply chain
  • Improving capacity for ethical sourcing and compliance in the industry