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

Water-based technology turns a wetland weed into sustainable fuel
Water-based technology turns a wetland weed into sustainable fuel

The BIO4Africa site in Senegal prepares to test HTC for hydrochar production. An invasive wetland weed – typha – is the feedstock.

African farmers get ready to turn waste into sustainable revenue
African farmers get ready to turn waste into sustainable revenue

BIO4Africa has completed a fruitful first year. Bio-based technologies are now ready for testing in circular agri-food systems

New BIO4Africa report highlights funding opportunities
New BIO4Africa report highlights funding opportunities

Farmers need capital to invest in bio-based solutions. Here are the programmes that could provide it.

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