Strengthening Local Businesses

Support offered by BioInnovation Africa

The project assists African small, medium and micro-enterprise (SMMEs) in the design of operating procedures and quality enhancement, e.g. through improved processing and storage. These activities shall help African businesses to access international markets and adhere to international standards. Traceability systems for example are becoming more and more relevant for international clients and the setting up of those systems can ensure companies’ competitiveness in the long run.

Support offered by abiosa

ABioSA phase 1 provided financial support to 15 Southern Africa small and medium-sized enterprises (12 in South Africa, 1 in Botswana and 2 from Zimbabwe) already offering products to the local and international market. Support was offered to obtain compliance with export regulations (including ABS compliance), improve product quality, develop new products, enhance good practice and apply new technology to access new markets. The project also provided technical support to 21 emerging SMEs to become investment ready through training on international food standards (HACCP) and financial and business planning.

In the second phase ABioSA will provide financial support to export ready SMEs to access new international markets. A blended approach of capacity development and results orientated coaching will be provided to emerging SMEs/start-ups. The support is focused on the implementation of good manufacturing practice (GMP) for quality management systems integrating ISO and HACCP principles and guidelines.