The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (www.icipe.org), headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is the only research institution in Africa working primarily on insects and other arthropods. icipe’s mission is to ensure better food security, health and livelihoods, by producing world-class knowledge and then developing solutions that are environmentally friendly, accessible, affordable and easy-to-use by communities. These objectives are delivered through four thematic areas — Human Health, Animal Health, Plant Health and Environmental Health, providing a platform to build the capacity and leadership of African scientists; enable collaboration with hundreds of researchers and partners across Africa and the world; as well as the effective transfer of technologies and strategies to end-users. icipe gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the following core donors: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC); Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); UK Aid, from the government of the United Kingdom; the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Kenya; and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. In addition, icipe receives restricted project funding from a range of institutions from across the world, among them, governments, private foundations and United Nations agencies. icipe also benefits from extensive partnerships with research collaborators (including universities and research institutes in Africa and beyond), private sector partners, and communities across Africa. A comprehensive list of icipe donors and partners is available at: http://www.icipe.org/donors-and-partners
BioInnovate Africa Programme (https://bioinnovate-africa.org/) is a regional innovation-driven bioeconomy initiative in eastern Africa, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). BioInnovate Africa enables scientists and innovators in eastern Africa universities, research institutes and firms to translate innovative biological based research ideas and technologies into practical uses for the benefit of society. BioInnovate Africa is based at and managed by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently operates in six eastern African countries namely: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, and also collaborates with partners in South Sudan.
BioInnovate Africa and the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) of the World Bank-funded Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF), which are both icipe programmes, in collaboration with the Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovations (CERHI) of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) jointly organized a workshop on ‘Strengthening innovation ecosystems in universities in West and Central Africa’ held on 29-30 April 2019 in Benin City, Nigeria.Read more
Women are central to the development of an African bioeconomy. Bioeconomy in simple terms is the use of scientific knowledge to enhance the economic value of biological resources, whether for food and feed, or in medicine, industrial chemicals and bioenergy.
BioInnovate Africa Programme, based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), supports scientists to link biobased technologies to business and the market. With nearly 40 private companies and more than 50 universities and research institutes involved, BioInnovate Africa is so far, the largest regional innovation-driven bioeconomy platform in Sub Saharan Africa. Private companies co-develop products together with their university or research institute counterparts, and thus become an important route to commercialized biological based research ideas and inventions.