Value Chains


Southern Africa has a number of active biotrade value chains at different stages of development, and with different levels of maturity with regard to implementation of ABS.

The ABioSA project  and the BioInnovation Africa project work with several biotrade value chains and plant species in Southern Africa. The value chains and species were selected based on criteria including traditional knowledge, ecological sustainability, market demand, potential for value-adding and job creation, and opportunities for participation of small and medium enterprises (SME) and indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs). 

To know more about the different species, click on the boxes below this table.

The 13 biotrade value chains supported by ABioSA are:

  • Baobab (Adansonia digitata)
  • Marula (Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra)
  • Aloe (Aloe ferox)
  • Buchu (Agathosma spp.)
  • Honeybush (Cyclopia)
  • Imphepho (Helichrysum spp.)
  • Umsuzwane (Lippia javanica)
  • Cape chamomile (Eriocephalus spp.)
  • Rose geranium (Pelargonium var Rose)
  • Kalahari melon (Citrullus lanatus)
  • Mafura (Trichilia emetica)
  • Sour plum (Ximenia americana & X. caffra) 
  • Wild ginger/African ginger (Siphonochilus aethiopicus)

Three of those value chains are supported by ABioSA and the BioInnovation Africa project:

  • Marula (Sclerocarya birrea subsp. caffra)
  • Buchu (Agathosma spp.)
  • Honeybush (Cyclopia)

The ten value chains supported by the BioInnovation Africa project are: 

  • Mondia or African ginger (Mondia whitei) 
  • Aidan tree (Tetrapleura tetraptera) 
  • Bees wax 
  • Indian pennywort or Asiatic pennywort (Centella asiatica) 
  • Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) 
  • Saro (Cinnamosma fragrans
  • Mopane (Colophospermum mopane) 
  • Namibian Myrrh (Commiphora wildii) 
  • Manketti (Schinziophyton rautanenii)
  • Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis)