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Call for Support to South African SMMEs and Cooperatives

The BioInnovation Africa project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In South Africa, the BioInnovation Africa project is implemented in partnership with the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF).

The project aims at fostering equitable European-African business partnerships that contribute to biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of indigenous plants and fair benefit sharing with indigenous communities and traditional knowledge holders in South Africa. The project also intends to establish long-term partnerships for biodiversity-based businesses.

What are we looking for?

The objective of the call by GIZ and DEFF is to capacitate black owned/managed SMMEs and cooperatives that harvest or process indigenous plants and have interest in accessing the national and the European markets.

Through this call, the SMMEs and cooperatives will be supported to become increasingly involved in selected value chains. The value chains identified are focusing on the following indigenous plants:

  • Marula (Sclerocarya birrea) for flavor, fragrances, cosmetics and beverages.
  • Buchu (Agathosma betulina);
  • Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis).
  • Honeybush subspecies (Cyclopia intermedia, Cyclopia subternata and Cyclopia longifolia) for flavor and fragrances; and
  • Plants for essential oils. 

Expression of interest

GIZ and DEFF and is looking for black owned/managed SMMEs and cooperatives with viable applications for proposals to increase their supply and quality in the above-mentioned supply chains, in line with the objectives of the BioInnovation Africa project.

Things the call covers and does not cover

The support provided through this call includes training, capacitation and mentoring.

However, the support provided does not include:  

  • Providing direct grants or funds to SMMEs
  • Purchasing of machinery or equipment (tractor, pipes, etc.) 
  • Building any kind of infrastructure 
  • Contributing to production costs or purchase of products 

Eligible SMME’ and Cooperatives are invited to submit their expression of interest via email to until lateest Friday, 30th October 2020 COB

Detailed information about the Call, selection criteria, the template for expressions of interest, and further background information can be downloaded below.

DEFF and GIZ will be offering a voluntary webinar to take applicants through the application template and provide clarification on queries and questions on Friday, 16th October 2020 at 2pm. In case that you are interested in participating in this information session, please send an email to

Please quote reference “SMME support EoI” when submitting the documentation.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

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