BioInnovation Africa

General Information

Project phase

July 2019 - December 2022 (phase I)

January 2023 - December 2025 (phase II)



  • 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. Selected biodiversity-based, African-European value chains in the partner countries have been further developed with regards to national and international market requirements.
  2. Capacities to promote biodiversity-based VCs and to reduce market barriers are strengthened at national level in the partner countries including the operationalization of ABS.
  3. In biodiversity-based VCs,  biodiversity conservation and the involvement of the local population in benefit-sharing agreements has been improved.
  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

Phase II

  • Aldivia
  • of Madagascar
  • Blue Sky Botanics (BSB)
  • Buchu Association
  • Commonland
  • Dicot AB
  • Eudafano Women’s Co-operative Ltd. (EWC)
  • Eudafano Women Marula Manufacturing Pty Ltd. (EWMM)
  • Floribis Sarl
  • GIC Guide d’Espoir (GE)
  • Givaudan Naturals France
  • Grounded Ingredients B.V.
  • Grounded Management South Africa
  • International Fragrance Association (IFRA)
  • International Organization of the Flavour Industry (IOFI)
  • Jacaradas International
  • MartinBauer
  • Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF)
  • Norevo GmbH
  • Parceval Pty Ltd.
  • Simon Levelt B.V.
  • South African Association of the Flavour & Fragrance Industry (SAAFFI)
  • South African Rooibos Council (SARC)
  • The Body Shop International Ltd.
  • The Gustav Heess Group
  • The Namibian Devil’s Claw Exporters Association Trust (NDCEAT)
  • The Namibia Network of the Cosmetics Industry (NANCi)
  • Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT)
  • V. Mane Fils
  • Weleda AG


Phase I

  • 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