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Guidelines for the Harmonisation of Seed Regulatory Frameworks in Africa: Call for African social movements to block the validation meeting 

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Civil Society Statement

The African Union (AU) has embarked on a mission towards harmonising seed regulatory frameworks across the continent, beginning with the establishment of a set of Guidelines on seed law harmonisation. 

The African Centre for Biodiversity, along with other civil society organisations and farmers’ associations from Africa, have actively engaged in the development of these Guidelines. In April 2021, we attended an online stakeholder consultation and then provided preliminary comments.

Integrate biodiversity targets from local to global levels

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Report

On 13 August 2021, the journal Science published an article titled, Integrate biodiversity targets from local to global levels, that included ACB executive director Mariam Mayet and research and advocacy officers Linzi Lewis and Andrew Bennie as co-authors. 

We are honoured to be part of this incredible team of African scientists, conservationists, and community leaders offering a paradigm that transcends the neo-colonial conservation model – being both nature-positive and people-centred – in the build-up to COP15, where the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) will be adopted by members of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). 

Seed is power – Reclaiming African Seed Sovereignty: Africans speak out against corporate hegemony over seed and food systems

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In rejection of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), which held its pre-summit this week, civil society, farmers groups and social movements came together for a global counter-mobilisation that spanned four days, with 15 online sessions. One of the webinars, titled Seed is power: Reclaiming African Seed Sovereignty, featured a presentation: Africans speak out against corporate hegemony over seed and food systems, by Sabrina Masinjila, research and advocacy officer at the African Centre of Biodiversity (ACB).

The presentation is based on the work of the ACB, in collaboration and partnership with many social movements on the continent, and work with social movements in various international fora over the years. You can watch the presentation by clicking here.