The Biodiversity and Biosafety Association of Kenya (BIBA Kenya) which was formerly known as the Kenya Biodiversity Coalition (KBioC) is a coalition of over 60 farmer organizations, animal welfare networks, consumer networks, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations and Non-Governmental organizations.
BIBA Kenya’s main objective is to ensure the public is AWARE and ALERT on issues of concern on environment, agriculture, livestock, food safety and health and biodiversity. We work with small scale farmers and have been calling upon the Kenya government, as well as other African governments, to tread carefully before embracing the genetically engineered crops. BIBA’s stand is informed by the fact that the application of other ‘traditional’ options such as land reforms, irrigation, and adoption of sustainable agro-ecological practices, like organic farming, as well as preservation of indigenous farming techniques has been proved to offer better, long-term results for societies struggling to feed ever-growing population. BIBA Kenya together with other partners, contributed in influencing the decision of Kenyan Cabinet to ban the importation of GMO food stuffs in Kenya in 2012, and engaged with the Prof. Kihumbu Thairu Taskforce appointed to advise on the ban and championed for its sustenance.
Food Sovereignty and the Right to Food is a fundamental pillar in BIBA’s work as we focus on guidance provided by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). The IAASTD recommends that policy makers move away from industrial agriculture and GMOs, to food production systems that are appropriate for the millions of small-scale farmers around the world, who are primarily responsible