Bio-based solutions for sustainable agri-food systems in rural Africa

Why BIO4Africa?

Robust agri-food systems are vital to combating poverty, enhancing food security and driving inclusive, sustainable development within African farming communities. BIO4Africa will empower smallholder farmers to generate new sources of income by creating value from locally available biomass (read more)

 

Six key objectives

  • Analyse the needs and context of rural communities and their agri-food value chains

  • Identify, develop and adapt robust bio-based solutions that are easy to use with minimal training

  • Pilot the bio-based solutions at testing sites in Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Uganda

  • Facilitate rural take-up via validated business models and hands-on business support

  • Document the potential to diversify farmer incomes through sustainable, marketable products that can be scaled up elsewhere

  • Collaborate across academia, government, industry and society

Follow our progress

Develop, adapt, pilot...

Local farming communities and organisations have validated selected bio-based technologies for development and adaptation in our labs and piloting in the field. See their current status

All the latest bio-based tech

We’ve identified a long list of bio-based technologies with the potential to support circular agri-food systems. Get in touch if you have a technology to add.  See the technology catalogue

Latest news

Gender equality makes a sustainable business
Gender equality makes a sustainable business

Equal rights for women are a priority to unlock productivity and build tomorrow’s sustainable and competitive businesses in rural Africa.

Trials find the best biomass for feed pellets
Trials find the best biomass for feed pellets

Four out of five agricultural waste products show potential as a new source of rural revenue

Combating deforestation with the power in farm waste
Combating deforestation with the power in farm waste

The new pyrolysis plant in Côte d’Ivoire will produce clean and efficient household fuel

Partners adapt the BIO4Africa biorefinery to the savannah climate
Partners adapt the BIO4Africa biorefinery to the savannah climate

The foundations are laid and feedstock identified for Africa’s second green biorefinery in Ghana, building on experiences from Uganda.

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