In 2020 Parceval received funding through the BioInnovation Africa programme to develop supply chains and new products from indigenous African resources along with identified European partners. The funding was provided by the German BMZ and was implemented by the GIZ. The resources supported by grants were Resource X (a...Read More: Completion of BioInnovation Africa Projects
Shortly after the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was ratified in 1995, South Africa put its Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) policy process into place, making it one of the first African countries to have an ABS legal and policy framework. The National Environmental Management and Biodiversity Act (NEMBA),...Read More: Bioprospecting – burden or benefit?
By Louisa Feiter “Turn right here,” our guide Mgcina tells us. At first no road can be discerned but as we bump our way through the thorn bushes, a narrow track takes shape. The closer we get to the mountain the clearer, but more washed away the track becomes,...Read More: In Pursuit of Pelargonium in the Eastern Cape
By Avril Harvey Part II In part I the search for a particular tree species began in Limpopo – after successfully locating it there, the journey continues and culminates in Zimbabwe. We left Limpopo for the crossing at the Beit Bridge border into Zimbabwe, fully armed with detailed, written...Read More: Chasing across Limpopo & Zimbabwe in search of a tree 2
The rain came softly at first, a gentle pitter-patter on the umbrella above us, but then the heavens opened and a cascade of rain hit the streets of Antananarivo. Rivers began to stream down the cobbled streets of the city centre and cracks of thunder reverberated above. Then the...Read More: Madagascar, home to the wonder-plant Centella asiatica
The first impression one gets of Somaliland is one of heat and dry landscapes. Shrubs and trees grow amongst the rocky landscape, but not much else. But then comes a thunderstorm and the self-same landscape becomes a river, a surface of water that then once again dries up and...Read More: Somaliland, country of myrrh and frankincense