BioInnovation Africa

General Information

Project phase

July 2019 - December 2022



  • The European-African partnerships for biodiversity-based innovations and products are strengthened with equitable benefit-sharing for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. 
  • The private sector entered into sustainable and mutually beneficial business partnerships based on high ethical, social and environmental standards.
  • Improved and new (rural) jobs are created and knowledge and technology transfer to the African provider countries are promoted.  

Expected outcomes and impacts

  1. Conditions for implementing national ABS regulations are improved.
  2. Biodiversity conservation measures are implemented, knowledge and technology are transferred and new job opportunities are created.
  3. Market potentials of selected biodiversity-based value chains are utilized to establish long-term European-African business partnerships in line with high ethical standards.
  4. German development cooperation is visible as a close partner.

Geographical scope

Target groups

Local producers, harvesters and collectors in rural communities, such as cooperatives (as ‘providers’ of biodiversity), African small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs), local and regional processors and research institutions.


BioInnovation Africa cooperates with partners from the political, institutional and private sector.




Flavor and fragrance

Food supplements

  • Aldivia
  • Aroma Forest
  • Behave
  • Blue Sky Botanics
  • Centre for Research Information Action in Africa – Southern Africa Development and Consulting (CRIAA SA-DC)
  • Dicot 
  • Eudafano Women’s Cooperative (EWC)
  • Floribis 
  • Firmenich
  • Greater Sekhukhune Region Secondary Co-operative (GSRC)
  • Guide d’Espoir
  • Gustav Heess Group
  • Honeybush Community of Practice (HCoP)
  • International Fragrance Association (IFRA)
  • International Organization of the Flavor Industry (IOFI)
  • Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC)
  • Kambaku Energy
  • KAZA Natural Oils
  • Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region Non Profit Company (K2C)
  • Kunene Conservancies Indigenous Natural Products Trust (KCINPT)
  • L’Oréal
  • Martin Bauer Group
  • Namibia Nature Foundation
  • Namibia Network of the Cosmetics industry (NANCi)
  • National Devil’s Claw Export Association Trust (NDCEAT)
  • Naturex
  • Regenerative Essence
  • Parceval
  • SEED Namibia 
  • Seppic / SERDEX
  • South African Association of the Flavour & Fragrance Industry (SAAFFI),
  • South African Rooibos Council (SARC)
  • Southern African Essential Oil Producers’ Association (SAEOPA)
  • Symrise AG
  • The Body Shop
  • The Western Cape Nature Conservation Board t/a CapeNature
  • Tropical Forest Products
  • V. Mane Fils
  • Weleda