The African Biodiversity Conservation and Innovations Centre (ABCIC) was established in 2010 as a non-profit making regional organization enhancing the conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity for posterity, environmental preservation and sustenance of livelihoods for the African rural communities.
ABCIC primarily focuses on agrobiodiversity and adopts an integrated approach that carefully balances conservation imperatives with the sustainable use through facilitating and promoting production, product development and enhancing marketing of biodiversity products through a value chain approach.
ABCIC bridges the gap between international agricultural and biodiversity research organizations and community level NGOs by blending good scientific principles and concepts with practical application of technologies at the community level using efficient and flexible style of work.
The conservation of biodiversity, sustainable utilization and equitable sharing of accruing benefits is of interest to people all over the world. A considerable percentage of the world’s economy and of the needs of the poor is derived directly from biodiversity. Biodiversity loss therefore has profound implications for economic and social development and posterity of biological heritage that serves as an insurance policy on which many lives and futures depend.
Africa’s strength lies in its natural resources, including biodiversity that is the foundation for growth and stability in agriculture, forestry, health and the environment. The continent’s economies, cultures, traditional knowledge and political systems are primarily dependent, albeit precariously, on how well biodiversity is conserved and utilized. Therefore, its economic transformation and ability to integrate itself into the evolving global economic system, to a large measure, depends on investments in research and development that is based on biodiversity as the basic raw materials coupled with development of efficient marketing systems of value added products.
The vast majority of the African people depend directly on biodiversity for their sustenance; it is the biological basis for food security and directly or indirectly supports the livelihoods of the rural majority in Africa as a source food, medicines, fuel, feed for domestic animals and other uses. More and more, however, it is being recognized that plant biodiversity inherent in natural and agricultural landscapes ought to be finely tuned to prevailing ecological conditions and must largely form the basis of economic empowerment, climate adaptation and mitigation, economic development and sustainable livelihoods.