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.

Comments on the Competition Amendment Bill 2017


ACB has responded to the Economic Development Department (EDD) call for comments on the Competition Amendment Bill 2017. The amendments aim to strengthen the powers of the competition authorities to proactively investigate and develop remedies to deconcentrate markets. Although we do not agree with EDD’s entire approach to concentration (for example, that concentration and economies of scale can have public interest benefits in the long term), we do agree that excessive concentration and racially-skewed ownership characterise the South African economy, and that it is a political imperative to redress these imbalances. Overall ACB supports the amendments and will work to ensure their implementation in practice.

Farm input subsidies to be discussed at SADC People’s Summit in Namibia, 15 August


African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is partnering with Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) to host a regional farmer speak out and discussion on producer support and farm input subsidy programmes (FISPs) as part of the SADC People’s Summit to coincide with the SADC Heads of State Summit in Windhoek, Namibia, on 15-18 August 2018.

RWA is mobilizing their members from around the region to discuss a range of issues, including women and land, the FISPs and mining and extractives. RWA Namibia will launch. There may also be a day of convergence and action with the wider People’s Summit participants.

Marginalised worldviews hold the key to climate change adaption: Reflections from the International Adaptation Futures Conference, Cape Town


By Haidee Swanby, ACB Research Asscoiate

June 2018

In the climate change arena there are two main streams of work – mitigation, which are measures we need to take to stop emissions and halt climate change, and adaptation – the varied practices we are taking and can take to adapt to living with the new conditions that climate change brings.