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 Uganda, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Senegal

  • 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

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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

Twin projects share vision to build rural resilience
Twin projects share vision to build rural resilience

Can a four-year project make a sustainable impact? BIO4Africa’s twin project DIVAGRI has developed a sustainability monitoring framework.

Africa gains first green biorefinery for sustainable livestock feed
Africa gains first green biorefinery for sustainable livestock feed

One of the flagship technologies of the BIO4Africa project, the green biorefinery is the first of its kind on African soil.

The transformation from take-make-dispose to reduce-recycle-reuse
The transformation from take-make-dispose to reduce-recycle-reuse

Field testing of bio-based technologies is underway at the BIO4Africa test sites. Now attention has turned to building sustainable business models.

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