The ABS Initiative & ABS Compliant Biotrade Value Chains
From the beginning, the ABS Initiative has directly supported the development of ABS-compliant value chains in Africa. We have been raising awareness on ABS among companies in the so-called provider and user countries, incorporating these actors in dialogues with other stakeholder groups, and supporting the completion of ABS agreements between users and providers of genetic resources and the associated traditional knowledge.
Due to the complexity of the ABS landscape, understanding the relevant obligations and negotiating benefit sharing agreements, the ABS Capacity Development Initiative has joined together with UEBT and PhytoTrade Africa to provide actors involved in BioTrade with support.
PhytoTrade Africa is a non-profit trade association that helps African rural producers in southern Africa to develop and market their plant-based natural products for export.