Botanica Natural Products, a SEED Story from South Africa

Botanica Natural Products has developed a method of extracting beneficial substances from Bulbine frutescens, a traditional medicinal plant, for the cosmetic industry. The plant is cultivated and processed organically in its indigenous location in rural Limpopo, and its commercial use provides employment opportunities in the marginalised area. The local community further benefits through an Access and Benefit Sharing agreement. The enterprise has won a SEED South Africa Award in 2014. The 2014 SEED Awards in 2 South African provinces are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa.