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ABCIC’s programmatic and strategic directions are guided by an international Board of Directors with extensive experience and expertise in a wide range of technical and administrative areas.


Our Partners, Donors and Collaborators

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 We execute our mission and mandate through partnerships and cooperation with African National Agricultural Research Systems (NARS), relevant Government Ministries, regional bodies and sub-regional research organizations, UN agencies, national and international NGOs and development and donor agencies.

Some of ABCIC's donors, partners and collaborators:


Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

  Bioversity International


 Sokoine University of Agriculture


  CIC Insurance Group ltd

KCA University


 IDRC - International Development Research Centre

African Union


 ASARECA - Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa


CIAT - International Centre for Tropical Agriculture

Institute of Biodiversity Conservation, Ethiopia


Nairobi University, Kenya



 ARC - Agricultural Research Corporation, Sudan



Makerere University, Uganda



 ISAR - Rwanda Agricultural Research Institute


 NARO - National Agricultural Research Organization, Uganda



Mission and Vision

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Our vision is that agrobiodiversity is conserved and sustainably utilized thereby contributing to poverty alleviation, socio-economic development and environmental conservation in Africa.

Our mission is to promote and facilitate the adoption of innovations and technologies for agrobiodiversity conservation and utilization by institutions and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa for sustenance of livelihoods, income generation, food security and environmental conservation.

We implement our mandate through applied research, technical advice and strengthening of African institutions involved in agrobiodiversity conservation and use, value chains and capacity building. We develop strategic partnerships and work in close collaboration with a network of partners for synergy and making the best use of competitive advantages.

Our core values include pursuit of excellence in empowering African institutions and communities to transform agrobiodiversity into tangible goods and services for both environmental conservation and improvement of the socio-economic well being.


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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity, short for biological diversity, is the variability among living organisms from all sources, including terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and ecosystems. (Convention on Biological Diversity, 1992)

What is Agrobiodiversity?
Agrobiodiversity, or agricultural biodiversity, includes all components of biological diversity of relevance to food and agriculture: the variety and variability of plants, animals and micro-organisms at genetic, species and ecosystem level which are necessary to sustain key functions in the agro-ecosystem, its structures and processes.

What is the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture?
The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is an international agreement which not only guarantees the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources, but also the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of their use, including any monetary benefits of commercialization.
More information can be found on the Treaty’s website.

What do we mean when we talk about Germplasm?
Germplasm is the sum total of all hereditary material in a single (interbreeding) species. Genebanks play an important role in storing, maintaining and distributing plant genetic material by keeping and properly managing crop germplasm as seeds, seedling and even plant parts. Each genotype stored is called an accession.
More information can be found e.g. on the Crop Genebank Knowledge Base.