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.
Human health and wellbeing at great risk unless biodiversity and genetic resources extraction in Africa is halted
“We need more genetic diversity, not less, and we need to vigorously defend genetic diversity as a common good, not something that can be extracted and privately profited from.”
The ACB has collaborated with the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET), and produced a report that is calling for an urgent halt to the wanton extraction and exploitation of the genetic diversity of plants, animals and forests in East and Southern Africa. They argue that these resources are declining at alarming rates, and thereby putting the ecological systems and the health and wellbeing of populations in the region at great risk.
The ACB shares this research paper with you, of the wave of ‘Trojan horse’ second-generation genetic engineering strategies targeted at, inter alia, malaria in Africa, at a time when the COVID-19 crisis is fracturing the myth that global health expertise is the domain of North America and Europe. Global health can no longer be defined by Western nations, as the world watches with astonishment and agony how the West needlessly loses lives, as a result of hubris and failure to learn from other nations in the South and their knowledge systems.