Biotechnology can play an essential role in fostering the economic and social development of developing countries like Zambia. Zambia needs to invest and benefit from the promise of biotechnology. Biotechnology is technology based on biology - biotechnology harnesses cellular and bi-molecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of Zambia. Recent advances in biotechnology are helping us prepare for and meet society’s most pressing challenges. Biotech is helping to heal the world by harnessing nature's own toolbox and using our own genetic makeup to heal and guide lines. Find organizations involved in biotechnology in Zambia here.
Zambia has seen an increase in the use of biotechnology health care products, food as well as raw materials used in products. In this category, you will find companies that manufacture and supply a wide selection of products.
What is biotechnology?
Also known as biotech, biotechnology utilises biological systems, living organisms or parts of this to develop or create different products. It covers many different disciplines such as genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry to mention a few.
Examples of biotech include brewing and baking bread. This involves the use of yeast to produce the desired product. Such processes usually utilise the living organisms in their natural form (or further developed by breeding), while the more modern form of biotechnology will generally involve a more advanced modification of the biological system or organism.
Biotechnology for healing
Biotechnology harnesses nature's own toolbox and using our own genetic makeup to heal and guidelines of research by:
- Reducing rates of infectious disease
- Saving millions of children's lives
- Changing the chances of serious, life-threatening conditions affecting millions around the world
- Tailoring treatments to individuals to minimise health risks and side effects
- Creating more precise tools for disease detection
- Combating serious illnesses and everyday threats confronting the developing world.
Biotechnology for fuel
Using biological processes such as fermentation, biotech is helping to fuel the world by:
- Reducing the steps in chemical manufacturing processes
- Lowering the temperature for cleaning clothes
- Improving manufacturing process efficiency to save on operating costs
- Reducing use of and reliance on petrochemicals
- Using biofuels to cut greenhouse gas emissions
- Decreasing water usage and waste generation
- Tapping into the full potential of traditional biomass waste products.
Biotechnology for food
Biotechnology improves crop resistance to insects, enhances crop herbicide tolerance and facilitates the use of more environmentally sustainable farming methods. It is helping to feed the world by:
- Producing higher crop yields with fewer inputs
- Reducing volumes of agricultural chemicals required by crops-limiting the run-off of these products into the environment
- Using biotech crops that need fewer applications of pesticides and that allow farmers to reduce tiling farmland
- Developing crops with enhanced nutrition profiles that solve vitamin and nutrient deficiencies
- Producing foods free of allergens and toxins
- Improving food and crop oil content to help improve cardiovascular health.