Sustainable development and bioeconomic prosperity in Africa: Bio-fuels and the South African gateway
AbstractAfrican countries along with the co-founders of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) must use biotechnology as a valuable tool for socio-economic and sustainable development. National, regional and international consultations and debates ensure timely attention of peer-reviewed guidelines concerning significant issues like bio-risks, bio-safety, and bio-security that impinge on daily human existence and welfare. High–cost fossil fuel prices and national security concerns have
sparked interest in bio-fuels in continental Africa. In brief, Africa is taking the lead in creating its own biotechnology agenda and roadmap to socioeconomic and sustainable development. The emergence of
“Rainbow Biotech” serves as a catalytic portal amongst others for collaborative effort and continental development.