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.

The time is now! Recognise, affirm, and support farmer seed systems and agroecology in South Africa!

Briefing paper

Today is World Food Day and farmers are calling for their seeds to be recognised, exchanged and distributed to other farmers, affirming their seeds, their knowledge, and their agroecological practices!  

The deepening social, ecological and climate crises require urgent systematic restructuring of our food systems towards biodiverse, agroecological systems, which begins with seed. The African Centre for Biodiversity is excited to share with you groundwork to revive discussions on farmer seed systems in South Africa, in partnership with farmers and civil society.

Transforming the FISP to diversified agroecology practices, Pemba District, Southern Province, Zambia

Briefing paper

The third in the series of four farmer exchange meetings in Zambia took place in July, in Pemba District, Southern Province. Through a partnership between the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and the Zambia Alliance for Agroecology and Biodiversity (ZAAB), Kanchomba Farming Institute (KFI) hosted the field visit and dialogue, together with Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre (KATC). The 58 participants included farmers, as well as representatives from local organisations and the Department of Agriculture.

Crunch Time for the Seed Treaty

Briefing paper

A review of some outstanding issues in the negotiation

Will the effort to fix ITPGRFAs broken benefit sharing system measure up to expectations?

This paper reviews the key outstanding issues that are expected to be discussed by the ITPGRFA Governing Body, and makes recommendations for what developing countries, farmers, and other civil society should support in November’s decisive negotiation.