African Centre for Biosafety (ACB)
The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) is a non profit organisation, based in Johannesburg South Africa. It provides authorative, credible, relevant and current information, and research and policy analysis on issues pertaining to genetic engineering, biosafety and biopiracy in Africa. The ACB is active in playing an effective role in protecting Africa's biodiversity, traditional knowledge, food production systems, culture and diversity, from the threats posed by genetic engineering and biopiracy.
The ACB aspires to contribute towards the building of a vibrant, mature, capacitated social movement in Africa to:
- Protect Africa’s biodiversity, traditional knowledge, food production systems, culture and diversity from the threats and risks posed by genetic engineering and biopiracy.
- Work with a range of partners on the African continent and elsewhere towards social justice, equity and food sovereignty
- Empower society to make informed choices about how resources are to be used, managed and conserved by focusing principally on the promotion of biosafety: a holistic approach to the assessment and regulation of GM and GMOs, based on the precautionary principle.
The ACB’s work is pioneering and adapts to the changing nature of the debate and challenges globally, and on the African continent.
- To increase the capacity of civil society on the continent in order to contribute towards the protection of biodiversity, biosafety, food sovereignty, sustainable agriculture; and
- To contribute to the creation and implementation of comprehensive and stringent biosafety policies, legislation and procedures on the African continent and in so doing, oppose commercialisation of GM crops in Africa specifically, and the application of transgenic technologies, generally.
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