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 initiative supports scientists and innovators in the region to link biological based research ideas, inventions, and technologies to business and the market.
Phase II of BioInnovate Africa began in November 2016 and will run until November 2021. While funding bio-based innovation projects remains the core activity of BioInnovate Africa, the initiative’s strategy now includes developing a knowledge-based bioeconomy in eastern Africa. This is built on the premise that collaboration at the national and regional levels, 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.