19 September 2023
Financialisation, dematerialisation, digitalisation & distancing of Africa’s agriculture
What future for small-scale farmers and their food and seed systems? Following on from part one, The rise of digital agriculture and dispossession in Africa: implications for smallholder farmers, part two looks at how private-sector interests and motives are driving the financialisation of Africa’s food and farming systems. Financialisation is the focus on generation of […]
30 August 2023
The rise of digital agriculture and dispossession in Africa: implications for smallholder farmers
In part one in a series of two, consisting of a briefing paper and linked fact sheet, we explore the current status of digital agriculture in Africa and the potential implications its deployment has for smallholder farmers on the continent. We outline three primary areas of concern related to potential inequitable benefits and influence accrued from its deployment; […]
21 August 2023
South Africa’s list of highly hazardous pesticides researched and published by the network Unpoison
This publicly available list of Highly Hazardous Pesticides, hitherto shrouded in secrecy and closely guarded by the pesticide industry, and using the categorisation and criteria developed by the FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Management, shows that there are 192 highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) registered and in use in SA. Of this, only 16 have partial […]
17 August 2023
South African People’s Tribunal on AgroToxins welcomes UN Expert’s assessment highlighting human ...
PRESS RELEASE: South African People’s Tribunal on AgroToxins The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxins, Dr Marcos Orellana, concluded his 12-day exploratory visit to South Africa with a press briefing held in Pretoria on 11 August 2023. He advised the South African government of his findings that, “to this day, the legacy […]
10 May 2023
Co-produced by AGRA Watch and Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), Rich Appetites is a five-part series that exposes the corporate capture of African agriculture and food systems, showing how billionaire philanthropists have pushed industrial agriculture around the globe—including in Africa, involving an empire of influence between Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa […]
6 August 2021
Africa responds to the UNFSS
Let’s reclaim our food sovereignty and transform the industrial food system! African organisations participating in the global response to the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), including the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), coordinated an online session, as part of the three days of global counter-mobilisation, which took place during the UNFSS pre-summit, from 25 to […]
10 March 2021
Reflections on the Regional Dialogue on African Food Systems, at the Seventh Session of the Afric...
On 4 March 2021, a Regional Dialogue on African Food Systems took place at the Seventh Session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. This is the African Centre for Biodiversity’s response to the event. From reading the background document issued to frame the dialogue topics and participants in […]
10 March 2021
The next neocolonial gold rush? African food systems are the ‘new oil,’ UN documents say
On Tuesday March 9, the managing editor of U.S. Right to Know, Stacy Malkan published an article: The next neocolonial gold rush? African food systems are the ‘new oil,’ UN documents say. This article references the African Centre for Biodiversity’s reaction to the Regional Dialogue on African Food Systems, which took place at the Seventh […]
30 September 2020
Nature-based solutions or nature-based seductions?
Clique aqui para a versão portuguesa Por favor, haga clic aquí para el español Unpacking the dangerous myth that nature-based solutions can sufficiently mitigate climate change The Third World Network and the African Centre for Biodiversity are pleased to share with you a new briefing paper: Nature-based solutions or nature-based seductions? Unpacking the dangerous myth […]
16 January 2019
Africa Group captured by colonial medicine, agribusiness and US military interests on gene drives...
On the pretext of supporting scientific innovation for malaria eradication, African countries vociferously defended a techno-fix that does not address the wider determinants of malaria – but rather, represents the changing face of colonial medicine and threatens the biodiversity of an entire continent. At the UN’s recent Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), a proposal to […]