About CANI 2020

Africa is endowed with vast natural ingredients that are in demand across the globe for multiple uses including:

  • Colours
  • Cosmetics
  • Emulsifiers
  • Essential oils
  • Extracts and new plant varieties
  • Food flavourants
  • Fragrances
  • Industrial enzymes
  • Medicines
  • Oleoresins

CANI 2020 will cast a spotlight on the economic value of these natural resources, focusing on driving shared industrial and economic growth based on their responsible stewardship and utilisation. Some of the natural ingredients in focus at the conference, and their countries of origin, are:

  • Aloe Vera (Southern Africa)
  • Argan (Morocco)
  • Avocado ( Kenya, South Africa)
  • Baobab (Madagascar, South Africa)
  • Cannabis (Southern Africa)
  • Cocoa ( West Africa)
  • Kalahari melon (South Africa)
  • Katafray (Madagascar)
  • Mafura (Mozambique)
  • Marula (Southern Africa) Mongongo (Southern Africa)
  • Moringa (Kenya, South Africa)
  • Prickly pear (South Africa, Morocco)
  • Rooibos (South Africa)
  • Seaweed (Zanzibar)
  • Shea butter (West Africa)

In a 2015 report published by South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs, the bio-resources sector was seen as “an ideal development sector” for several reasons, all of which are relevant to Africa and its economies:

  • Realising the economic value of indigenous species
  • Has high growth and export potential
  • Facilitating rural economic development
  • Has high value-added potential
  • Has high potential to earn foreign currency
  • Enables the development of new product markets
  • Is 100 per cent renewable


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