East Africa is endowed with plants, animals, insects and microorganisms (tiny living things which cannot be seen by the naked eye) of various kinds. This rich diversity of biological resources is a strong foundation for a bioeconomy. The term “bioeconomy” is widely understood in the region as the use of scientific knowledge to add social and economic value to biological resources in a sustainable way. This added value is expressed in healthier foods, safer medicines, useful substances from biological waste and other environmentally friendly processes in manufacturing, distribution and consumption of goods and services.
Ms Njeri, a fruit and vegetable vendor in Kenya.
The region chose to develop an innovation-driven bioeconomy strategy, the first of its kind in Africa, which will ascertain priorities, build partnerships around shared goals and guide investment in a wide range of biological resources.