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NEW BOOK | African Perspectives on Agroecology: Why farmer-led seed and knowledge systems matter

African Perspectives on Agroecology: Why farmer-led seed and knowledge systems matter is now freely available online. Edited by Rachel Wynberg, the book includes the voices of 33 farmers, activists, scientists, scholars and policymakers. Together, they articulate a shared and dynamic vision of a world where agriculture is productive, diverse, and sustainable; where different ways of...
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IN THE MEDIA: Biowatch betrayal denies justice

What’s become known internationally as “the landmark Biowatch Case”, clarifies that in future, public interest litigants acting in good faith will not have to fear that costs will be awarded against them. However, as highlighted in the Mail & Guardian on 10 January, “the widespread inconsistency in the application and the apparent reluctance to embrace...
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World Food Day Bring back our ancient grains

WORLD FOOD DAY: Bring back our ancient grains

In the build-up to World Food Day on 16 October, and in recognition of the United Nations declaration of 2023 as the International Year of Millets, we’ve launched our campaign to encourage smallholder farmers to grow, harvest, process, eat and share these ancient grains.
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Publications & Documents

Please see the Publications & Documents section of this website for a wide range of resources, including these titles: 

Stories of Resilience Built Through Agroecology

We challenge the industrialised food system to ensure biodiversity, food sovereignty and social justice.

Biowatch South Africa


Festivities at the opening of Biowatch’s innovative SIBUYISELA ULWAZI Food and Seed Festival.

Our research and advocacy work is grounded in the direct experience of the communities in which we work. We support smallholder farmers “on the ground” who are building strong evidence of the benefits of agroecology.

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Bhekisiwe Gumede, an agroecology smallholder farmer in Tshaneni, northern KwaZulu-Natal.

We challenge the industrialised food system, advocating and demonstrating agroecology as the ecologically sustainable alternative that protects and builds biodiversity, is empowering to farmers, and promotes food sovereignty.

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Winnie Mngomezulu’s seed bank, housed in a small stone-walled hut, is reverently presented.

Biowatch is a founding partner of the regional Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI), a dynamic partnership of 16 Southern African organisations committed to securing food sovereignty in the region.

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