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Decolonise food production: a response to SONA 2018 from Biowatch South Africa


Now that the elation surrounding SONA has subsided we can look more soberly at what is being proposed. Click the heading above to read the full media statement.

Talking about GMO contamination - a public seminar


Biowatch SA and the UCT SARChI Chair on Bioeconomy invite you to talk about GMO contamination at a public seminar on Wednesday 30 January 10h30-14h00 at Durban Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre. Click the heading above for more information and RSVP details.

Sibuyisela Ulwazi Food and Seed Festival 2017


A first for Durban, the Biowatch SA 2017 Food and Seed Festival will take place at the Durban Botanic Gardens Visitors Complex, 25-26 October 2017. The tantalising programme will include recipes and tasting of traditionally-prepared indigenous crops, and the same foods with an exciting modern twist; sharing of traditional knowledge and culture around seed; buzz groups on topical food system issues; practical demonstrations; and an exhibition and market space.

Click here to view and download the FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

Farmers march against Monsanto in Manguzi


Smallholder farmers from Ingwavuma, Mtubatuba, Pongola, Tshaneni and KwaNgwanase will converge in Manguzi on Friday 19 May to raise concerns about threats to their traditional seed and farming systems.

Biowatch response to the Armyworm outbreak


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 key to African food sovereignty? Valuing women and the seed they keep


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.

International launch of 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.

Farmers and Biowatch say no to GMOs and march against Monsanto


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.

The elephant in the drought crisis room


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.

Celebrating good, nutritious food on World Food Day


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.

Putting food back on the table


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.

Biowatch and rural KZN farmers go to Parliament to contest proposed seed Bills


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.