News and Updates
The Armyworm outbreak is a symptom of the failing industrial agriculture system, one that is out of balance and extremely vulnerable. In a media statement released today, Biowatch's Agroecology Manager, Lawrence Mkhaliphi's strong message is: "In a balanced agroecological farming system crop and predator diversity minimise the damage from pest outbreaks. It's time for a rapid transition to agroecological farming methods as these work with nature and help to mitigate climate change - otherwise we are likely to see ever more frequent plagues of pests, droughts, floods and consequent famine."
The link between women and seed is ancient, writes Biowatch’s Elfrieda Pschorn-Strauss, co-ordinator of the Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI) in the Right to Food and Nutrition WATCH 2016.
Rose Williams, Biowatch Director, will be a panelist at the international launch of “Keeping Seeds in Peoples’ Hands”, the civil society Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2016. The publication, which will be launched on October 13 at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, will shed light on the existing threats to peasant seed systems and the accelerated destruction of biodiversity.
On Saturday 21 May 2016, Biowatch South Africa and rural farmers in northern KZN joined the global March Against Monsanto, saying loudly and clearly: No to GMOs; No to industrial agriculture; No to the corporate control of our seeds and our food.
Southern Africa is experiencing a bitter season of thirst, hunger and anguish as livestock perish and crops fail. While GRAIN SA is making plans to import shortfalls in key staple foods, the National Agricultural Marketing Council has predicted that an average family food basket could cost 25% more than it did last year, with dire consequences for food security.
Friday 16 October is World Food Day, and small-holder farmers in northern KwaZulu-Natal will be showcasing agroecology and sharing their journey towards securing their right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods.
Biowatch and agroecology farmers in northern KwaZulu-Natal were featured in the Daily News on Monday 31 August in a full page focus on food security and what can be done to ensure people have enough to eat.
On Friday, 15 May 2015 Biowatch South Africa, along with representatives of rural northern KwaZulu-Natal farmers, will give oral submissions at the Public Hearings on the recently tabled Plant Breeders' Rights Bill and Plant Improvement Bill. The hearings will take place in Parliament, Cape Town.
Events and Workshops
20 Oct 2016 - 21 Oct 2016
INVITATION: World Food Day Celebrations
17 Oct 2016 - 21 Oct 2016
Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) and the 43rd session of the World Committee on Food Security (CFS)
14 Oct 2016 - 16 Oct 2016
Monsanto Tribunal and People’s Assembly
Household seed banks
Agroecology: Environmental, social and economic justice
GMOs in South Africa
Landmark Victory for Justice