ACB

 

ACB

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), previously known as African Centre for Biosafety, is active in playing an effective role in protecting Africa’s biodiversity, traditional knowledge, food production systems, culture and diversity, from the threats posed by genetic engineering and biopiracy. The ACB aspires to contribute towards the building of a vibrant, mature, capacitated social movement in Africa. It provides authorative, credible, relevant and current information, and research and policy analysis on issues pertaining to genetic engineering, biosafety and biopiracy in Africa. ACB is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

On the 7th of April 2015 the African Centre for Biosafety officially changed its name to the African Centre for Biodiversity. This name change was decided upon by mutual consultation within the ACB to reflect the expanded scope of our work over the past few years.

The ACB carries out research, analysis, advocacy and information sharing with key organizations in our network to foster and promote informed engagement with policies and decision making that control production, distribution and access to food and resources.

Our work both informs and amplifies the voices of social movements fighting for food justice and food sovereignty in Africa. We are committed to dismantling inequalities in the food and agriculture system in Africa and believe in peoples’ right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.

The ACB has a respected record of evidence based work and plays a vital role in the agro-ecological movement by striving towards food sovereignty in Africa, built upon the values of equal access to and use of resources. The ACB’s work is pioneering and adapts to the changing nature of the debate and challenges globally, and on the African continent. It is a strong advocate on critical issues of poverty, women and environment as they relate to social justice and food sovereignty.

The ACB aspires to contribute towards the building of a vibrant, mature, capacitated social movement in Africa to:

  • protect Africa’s biodiversity, traditional knowledge, seed systems, genetic diversity, food production systems, culture and diversity from the threats and risks posed by genetic engineering and industrial agriculture;
  • work with a range of partners on the African continent and elsewhere towards social justice, equity and food sovereignty; and
  • empower society to make informed choices about how resources are to be used, managed and conserved by focusing principally on the promotion of biosafety, food and seed sovereignty and social justice.