The 1st African Biotrade Festival took place on 14-16 September 2023. You can read the festival summary report here
Details about the next festival will be communicated in due course.

Biotrade resources

The ABioSA project, the African Biotrade Festival, and partners have created hundreds of knowledge products and materials to make biotrade knowledge more accessible.

These resources have been gathered and uploaded online for your use.



African Biotrade Festival 2023

The first African Biotrade Festival took place on 14-16 September 2023.


The Baobab tree is adapted to low rainfall areas and found in 32 African countries including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The Baobab fruit pod is harvested for its nutritious pulp and oil-rich seed. Baobab has become an important economic sector, with at least ten countries producing and exporting Baobab ingredients and products.


Buchu is endemic to dry mountain regions in the Western Cape of South Africa. Buchu was originally used for cultural and medicinal purposes by the indigenous Khoi and San people. Today, Buchu is cultivated in a few regions in the Western Cape with the oil from its leaves highly value by the food, fragrance, cosmetic and health industries.


Sceletium is indigenous to South Africa and grows naturally in the dry parts of the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape provinces. It has a long history of traditional use to relieve hunger, and for medicine and social or spiritual events. Today, Sceletium is recognized internationally for its mood-lifting, anxiety-reducing and cognitive function enhancing capabilities, and has attracted attention for its potential treatment of anxiety and mild depression.


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