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.

ACB’s Statement on the Xenophobic Violence in South Africa


As an organisation that works with multiple partners across the African continent for ecological and social transformation of food systems in favour of small farmers and the poor, the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is deeply disturbed and outraged by the outbreaks of violence against our sisters and brothers in South Africa.

ALERT: More poisoning of South Africa’s staple food, as 2,4-D GM maize set for approval


6 September 2019

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is extremely concerned about impending approvals by the South African government in regard to three new genetically modified (GM) maize varieties designed to withstand the extremely toxic herbicide, 2,4-D.

2,4-D is one of the active ingredients of the infamous war chemical Agent Orange. The ACB has engaged with regulators over several years, submitting evidence that these GM maize varieties present biosafety and healthy and safety risks to farmers, farm workers, consumers and the environment. The risky GM maize varieties are owned by Corteva (new name given to the Dow-Dupont merged entity), one of a handful of multinational agrochemical giants that monopolises South Africa’s agriculture sector.

Africa must ban glyphosate now!


Please sign on to support our continental campaign to ban glyphosate

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Friday, 30 August, 2019

Globally, glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicide (GBHs) have penetrated all spheres of our environment and food systems. The persistence and ubiquity of these chemicals place us at the cusp of one of the world’s biggest health crises. This is evident in the plethora of health conditions and chronic diseases that have increased at the same pace as GBH use globally, as legally recognised in three recent court cases in the USA.