Africa’s biodiversity is increasingly being used as a source for innovation and natural ingredients, including for food, cosmetics and pharma. Nevertheless, much of its economic potential remains untapped. A productive use of plant biodiversity has the potential to create permanent and seasonal jobs, develop sustainable livelihoods for rural people, to conserve the local biodiversity and boost the value of biotrade products in local and international markets.
BioInnovation Africa (BIA) and the ABS compliant Biotrade in Southern Africa (ABioSA) are supporting biotrade actors in the project countries and, in the case of BIA, their European business partners through jointly identified measures. Those can be summarised in six support packages.