BioInnovate Africa is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya. The Programme supports scientists and innovators in the region to link biological based research ideas and technologies to business and the market.
Phase II of the BioInnovate Africa Programme began in November, 2016, and will run until November, 2021. While funding bio-based innovation projects remains the core activity for the programme, BioInnovate Africa’s strategy now includes developing a knowledge-based bioeconomy in eastern Africa. This is built on the premise that collaboration at national and regional level, and between researchers and private sector partners, is the surest way to translate scientific outputs into usable, and commercially scalable products and technologies.
Current BioInnovate Africa partner countries are: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
BioInnovate Africa is governed by a Programme Advisory Committee (PAC), while day-to-day activities are carried out by the Programme Management Office (PMO) in Nairobi.