The Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) has partnered the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBIO) to promote female owned bio-businesses in the country through structured skills development efforts.

SANBIO programme manager, Zvikomborero Tangawamira said the Fembiobiz Pitsh training workshop held in the country is aimed at promoting women to venture into the biological sciences sector.

She said the pitch training is being done after a realisation that areas of rare skills are predominantly exclusive to males who constitute more than 80 percent of people in science businesses.

Tangawamira explains the training programme process that will culminate in successful females with sound business models being sponsored to start and develop their businesses.

ZIMDEF chief executive officer, Mr Fredrick Mandizvidza said there is need for biological scientific solutions to health, food and nutrition facing the country adding that the women support programme dovetails with the country’s STEM initiative that is promoting the learning of science subjects in schools.

The programme seeks to bridge the gap between science as a body of knowledge and its commercial value through the promotion of special skills that lead to female biological businesses.