A key cross-cutting initiative of the Agrobiodiversity @ knowledged programme is the development and strengthening of a global agricultural biodiversity knowledge and experience community. The foundations for this community were laid during a meeting in Kenya in 2011, that brought together farmers, scientists and civil society leaders from all over the world.
The agricultural biodiversity community (abc) currently consists of more than 70 organisations that together work with millions of farmers, building on agricultural biodiversity for more resilient food systems. Through knowledge generation and knowledge sharing the community aims to break through the glasshouse that represents the barriers to the mainstreaming of agricultural biodiversity in research, policy and practice.
In July 2012, forty-four abc members from all over the world met in Thailand, to formulate a shared vision and mission and identify strategic themes for joint action to start breaking through the glasshouse. The meeting was facilitated by the Embassy of the Earth and the Groene Aap using the search conference methodology.