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Agroecology farmers speak out

Agroecology farmers speak out

SECURING FARMERS’ RIGHTS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA: As part of the regional SKI farmers’ rights campaign, Biowatch-supported agroecology farmers speak about the importance of seed, of farmer-led seed systems, and of the restrictive policies that undermine their rights and food sovereignty. Together, they raise their voices for concrete action and legal recognition of farmers’ rights.
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Biowatch Farmer Fair

Biowatch Agroecology Farmer Fair

The first Biowatch KZN Agroecology Farmers’ Fair took place in Mtubatuba, northern KwaZulu-Natal, on 12 October 2022. The event, which included an agroecology produce market, facilitated exchange and learning between farmers from different areas, as well as between elders with years of experience and upcoming young farmers. The Fair included an agroecology produce market, celebrations,...
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Daily Maverick-Biowatch webinar

Daily Maverick webinar: Eating our way to climate chaos

Maverick Citizen Editor, Mark Heywood, in discussion with Vanessa Black – Advocacy, Research and Policy Co-ordinator, Biowatch SA, and Mervyn Abraham – Programme Co-ordinator, Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity. Together they unpacked the industrialised food system in South Africa and its effects on climate change.
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Publications & Documents

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

Biowatch Bulletin July 2022
Cover-Biowatch_Snapshot _Impact of COVID-19 on food systems in SA

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, October 2017.

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 and the project holder of the regional Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI), a dynamic partnership of 13 Southern African organisations committed to securing food sovereignty in the region.

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