The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) focuses on indigenous knowledge, agriculture and biodiversity related rights, policy and legislation.

The network pioneers culturally-centred approaches to social and environmental problems in Africa through sharing experiences, co-developing methodologies and creating a united African voice on the continent on these issues.

The ABN was first conceived in 1996, in response to growing concern about threatened biodiversity and community livelihood in Africa — mainly due to the effects industrial commodification — and the need to develop strong African positions and legislation, to protect Africa’s heritage.

It has partners in 11 countries: Benin, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.