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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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Just Transitions in the SA food system fact sheets

FACT SHEETS | Just Transition and Adaptation in the South African Food System

To support ongoing horizontal learning and education for a Just Transition and Adaptation in the South African Food System, a series of fact sheets was co-developed and produced in five languages – Afrikaans, English, Sepedi, Xhosa and Zulu.
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The last Seed - Durban screening - Biowatch


Join us on 27 September at the Durban screening of The Last Seed, the important, timely and visually stunning documentary feature film we co-produced about the struggle for control of seed in Africa.
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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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