The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) welcomes you to our website. We are a research and advocacy organisation working towards food sovereignty and agro-ecology in Africa, with a focus on biosafety, seed systems and agricultural biodiversity. The organisation is committed to dismantling inequalities and resisting corporate-industrial expansion in Africa's food and agriculture systems.

Collage drawing of women farmers preparing food and sowing as well as a field and different vegetables.

We are nature! Human rights, environmental law, and the illusion of separation

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Food connects us with nature. There is no other place where our intrinsic relationship with the living world is as clear. When we eat, our body transforms nature into people. Moreover, the production of nutritious food depends on healthy, functioning, biodiverse landscapes and ecosystems as well as humans' ability to co-operate live in concert with other living beings in nature – plants, animals, insects, and microorganisms. Food and its social, cultural and spiritual values are equally part of our nature. Finally, nutritious food keeps us healthy and enables us to respond to threats, pathogens and illness.

Struggle for recognition of traditional land, territories and seed in Brazil

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In recent weeks, a wave of solidarity from many parts of Brazil and from several countries around the world has reached southern Minas Gerais, in support of the resistance of the 450 farming families, who have organised and lived at camp “Quilombo Campo Grande” over the past 22 years. The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) joins this wave of solidarity and sends its support to the evicted families and all those who resist in Minas Gerais and in all parts of Brazil.