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Trends in extraction of biodiversity and genetic resources in east and southern Africa

Briefing paper

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 Monoculture effect and COVID-19


An ACB statement on Human Rights Day, 21 March

The COVID-19 outbreak illustrates the complex interactions between deforestation, reduced biological diversity, ecosystem destruction, and human health and safety, in large part driven by the globalised agricultural and food system. Further, with the threats posed by climate change, we can expect greater exposure to existing and emerging pathogens.

IPC's letter on UN Food Systems Summit: Call for support


The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC) calls on CSOs to endorse their letter of concern to the UN regarding the 2021 World Food Summit

Since the 1996 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation's (FAO's) World Food Summit (WFS) in Rome, civil society organisations (CSOs) supporting food sovereignty have created alliances across movements and initiated dialogues with governments and institutions to influence shifts in policy.

This inclusive participatory process has involved, “thousands of representatives of small-scale food producers and Indigenous Peoples organisations in many crucial events and fora on agriculture and food systems all over the world, where their voices were previously absent.”