• Community seed and knowledge

    We work with women, men and elders in reviving local traditional knowledge for strengthening seed and food sovereignty and regenerate biodiversity

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  • Community ecological governance

    We use a nature-centred process to revive traditional knowledge, practices and governance systems to rebuild communities, livelihoods and ecosystem resilience in Africa.

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  • Youth culture and biodiversity

    We endeavour to connect young people with nature, culture and themselves. This deepening of knowledge helps them to build deeper awareness of who they are.

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  • Advocacy and communication & network practice and development

    We strive to strengthen networking, communication and regional advocacy. We work with like-minded individuals and organisations to catalyse wider action and influence policy and public opinion on ecological and socio-economic issues that affect Africa.

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About Us

The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) is an African network of individuals and organizations seeking African solutions to the ecological and socio-economic challenges that face the continent.

Our footprint

Currently, ABN has 41 partners drawn from 19 African countries: Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Central Africa Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, Morocco and Egypt.

Our horizon

We strive to grow and nurture an African network of individuals, communities, and organisations, increasingly rooted in their own biological, cultural and spiritual diversity. With the capability to govern their own lives and livelihoods.

Request of expression of interest for consultancy services of baseline survey for BftW project

The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) is a continental network that aims to ignite and nurture a growing network of individuals and organizations across Africa. It envisages vibrant and resilient African communities living in harmony with Nature. The ABN has more than 35 partners and allies ranging from small Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to large coalitions of CBOs and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), drawn from sixteen African countries. For more information about ABN, refer to our website: www.africanbiodiversity.org

The ABN offers an African approach to entrenching sustainability and promotion of community resilience, closely linked to and growing out of traditional practices. The premise is that cultural and ecological diversity are interconnected. The ABN philosophy holds that it is only through restoring people’s strong and deep sense of connectedness to nature and all its elements that people in Africa find ways to be resilient and sustain their land besides other natural resources. A key part of this restoration is to give a substantial voice to elders’ indigenous knowledge.

 

Through funding support from the Bread for the World (BftW), Germany, the ABN Secretariat is implementing a 4-year project that began on 1st August 2021 ending on 31st July 2025. The project is implemented in collaboration with four implementing partner organizations in Ghana, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Benin besides their communities.

The ABN from the above countries will also work with other ABN partners and allies in the three sub regional nodes, which are Western, Eastern and Southern Africa. The ABN Secretariat, which is based in Kenya is the lead partner of the BftW and will ensure harmonious coordination of all project activities across the four countries.

Therefore, the ABN is seeking a Consultant/s to undertake a baseline survey for this project. The consultant/s should be available to take up this assignment soonest possible and submit the baseline report preferably by 15th August 2022.

Our seed catalogue is now out

About this publication

This Seed Catalogue is the product of a three-and-a-half-year project of reviving farmers’ seed diversity and associated practices of indigenous knowledge. Its aim is to contribute to the wider process of ensuring food sovereignty and improved livelihoods in Africa through strengthening the ability of local communities to save and preserve biodiversity.

The project began in 2018 and was implemented in 4 African countries – Ethiopia, Benin, Ghana and Zimbabwe – in collaboration with partners of the African Biodiversity Network (ABN), with financial support from Bread for the World. Contributing partners were the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD – Ethiopia), Center for Experimentation and Promotion of Agroecology, Endogenous Sciences and Techniques (CEVASTE – Benin), Regional Advisory Information & Network Systems (RAINS – Ghana) and EarthLore (Zimbabwe).

The development of the Seed Catalogue is one of the defined targets that has been achieved by the project. It began as part of the Training of Trainers session held in mid- January 2019 by the ABN Secretariat in Ethiopia, where partners were trained on how to register diverse seeds with their respective varieties and a range of benefits. The Seed Catalogue has thus evolved over the three and half years through an intense process of continuous follow up between the ABN secretariat, involved partners and their communities.

An overview of our thematic areas

Community Seed and Knowledge
One of the common pressures faced by the ABN, and the rural communities with whom the partner organisations work, has been the tremendous push from governments and corporations to use hybrid and increasingly, genetically-modified seeds, which require costly inputs like fertilizers.

Community Ecological Governance
We recognise that elders within the community play a vital role in upholding the ecological knowledge and customs practiced over generations which maintain the well-being of Sacred Natural Sites, ecosystems, territories and local communities.

Youth Culture and Biodiversity
The Youth, Culture and Biodiversity  thematic area of ABN aims to deepen peoples’ sense of belonging, with one another and with the earth in order to restore confidence eroded over years of marginalisation of indigenous ecological knowledge and practices.

Advocacy & communication
We aim to strengthen networking, communication and regional advocacy. We work with likeminded individuals and organisations to catalyse wider actions and influence policy and public opinion on ecological and socio-economic issues that affect Africa.