Seed selection, saving and exchange are at the heart of traditional agricultural systems for millions of small-holder farmers in Africa, contributing significantly to livelihoods and the conservation of agricultural biodiversity. Enabling farmers to maintain and develop this diversity, along with their rich knowledge of and practices in traditional agriculture and agroecology, is vital for ensuring present and future food and seed sovereignty.
We see seed sovereignty as fundamental to food sovereignty.
Building on past and on-going joint activities, a synergistic relationship between Biowatch South Africa, The Mupo Foundation and the NRF Bio-economy Research Chair and Environmental Evaluation Unit (EEU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has been galvanised into an exciting, long-term collaboration on seeds and knowledge. For more information, see Seeds and Knowledge Initiative (SKI).
|21 May 2016||Farmers and Biowatch say no to GMOs and march against Monsanto|
|18 May 2015||Handout: Why march against Monsanto? [PDF]|
|14 May 2015||Biowatch and rural KZN farmers go to Parliament to contest proposed seed Bills|
|06 May 2015||Submission: Plant Breeders' Rights Bill [PDF]|
|05 May 2015||Submission: draft Plant Improvement Bill [PDF]|
|01 Jun 2014||Invitation: Seed Sovereignty and Agroecology Workshop [PDF]|
|01 Jun 2014||Poster: Sophiwe Dlamini's household seedbank [PDF]|
|09 Oct 2013||AFSA: Approval of seed trade regulations spells disaster for small-scale farmers and food sovereignty in Africa|
|01 Oct 2012||Policy Brief: Securing Farmers' Rights and Seed Sovereignty in South Africa [PDF]|
|18 Nov 2010||Biowatch concerned about monopolisation of SA seed industry|