PhytoTrade is focused on commercial success and socio-economic development. We have a commitment to biodiversity conservation, rural development and the equitable development of value chains for natural plant ingredients sourced from Southern Africa’s rich plant biodiversity.

We have a pipeline of more than 30 species and multiple market opportunities. We will partner and collaborate with funders, investors, commercial enterprises, communities, government agencies and other public and private initiatives.

We will develop and exploit innovative technologies to add value in processing, and will support the development of consumer products and brands.

PhytoTrade is committed to sustainable development and the embrace of clean energy in its operations and partnerships.

We will seek impact investment and financing based on a robust evaluation of commercial value. We will prioritise projects which deliver a commercial return while creating jobs and supporting socio-economic transformation and development.

PhytoTrade will facilitate public and private financing of the biotrade sector.

PhytoTrade values and principles

    • Economic, social & environmental sustainability
    • Partnerships & collaboration
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Biodiversity conservation
    • Industry best practice
    • Competitive technology & innovation
PhytoTrade goals

Our aim is for sustainable use and conservation of Africa’s plant biodiversity with commercial & socio-economic benefits. Our goals include:

    • Build & support biotrade businesses & sector organisations
    • Practical implementation of ABS & delivering on Nagoya Protocol core objectives
    • Stimulate responsible investment & funding of biotrade sector
    • Biodiversity & environmental protection through sustainable use
    • Develop markets, enable exports, & enable revenue generation from biotrade
    • Job creation, skills development & capacity building
Our planned impacts

    • Investment ready & financially viable businesses
    • New technologies transferred to Southern African value chains
    • Increased biotrade value addition
    • More indigenous trees in situ
    • More jobs in rural areas & biotrade manufacturing
    • A stronger biotrade sector
    • Effective access & benefit-sharing