Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe (BIZ) is a non-profit innovation hub, driving research and facilitating knowledge-sharing around existing and potential commercial applications for indigenous underutilised plants. They work in collaboration with a wide range of different actors, including private companies, other research organisations, governmental, non-governmental and international organisations, and individual researchers and entrepreneurs.
Their goal is simple.
- There are a large number of locally-available plant species that could be used by small-scale farmers, especially in the drier parts of Zimbabwe.
- The purpose is to find them, study them and develop them into marketable products, thus transforming them from potential revenue sources into actual revenue sources.
- Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe (BIZ) don’t get hung up on theory. They want to see farmers generating real cash from these underutilised plants.
Gus Le Breton runs the innovation hub incubating new business opportunities in Zimbabwe around underutilised indigenous plant species (Bio-Innovation Zimbabwe), and acts as a business advisor to a number of SMEs in this sector.
Dr Jojo Baidu-Forson, Director of Bioversity International
Regional office for Sub-saharan Africa with
Dr R.E.M. Entsua-Mensah from CSIR, Ghana.
3rd International Neglected and Underutilised Species Conference Accra, Ghana, from 25th – 27th September 2013.
- Theme 1: Resilience of agricultural and livelihood systems
- Theme 2: Upgrading value chains of neglected and underutilized species
- Theme 3: Creating an enabling policy environment