BioInnovate Africa is a regional science and innovation-driven initiative that is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and implemented by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya.
The initiative supports scientists in Eastern Africa to link biological based research ideas, inventions, and technologies to business and the market. Scientists work collaboratively in a regional context, and involve interdisciplinary teams from academia, industry and government to co-develop solutions that address the region’s development priorities. Collaboration at the national and regional level, and creating links between research and industry, are some of the surest ways of translating scientific outputs into usable goods and services in daily life.
While funding biological based innovation projects remains the core activity of BioInnovate Africa, the initiative also supports development of policies and strategies that foster a sustainable bioeconomy in Africa.
Current BioInnovate Africa participating countries include: Burundi, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, 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, Kenya.