Biowatch Bulletin: January 2024

Biowatch Bulletin: August 2023 to January 2024

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Policy Submission: Additional comments following consultations on the Draft Regulations - Plant Improvement Act and Plant Breeders’ Rights Act

1 December 2023

Additional comments from Biowatch South Africa following consultations held in Pretoria and Cape Town in October 2023 and November 2023 on the Draft Regulations (published 10 June 2022) made in terms of the Plant Improvement Act, 2018 and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act, 2018

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Crop Information Sheet: Our ancient grains - millet and sorghum

16 October 2023

Our ancient grains - millet and sorghum.

In recognition of the United Nations declaration of 2023 as the International Year of Millets, Biowatch has launched its campaign to encourage smallholder farmers to grow, harvest, process, eat and share these ancient grains, which were once a foundation of Africa’s food security. This crop information fact sheet explores the delicious, nutritious, ancient grains of finger millet (Uphoko), pearl millet (Unyawothi) and sorghum (Amabele).

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Biowatch Bulletin: July 2023

Biowatch Bulletin: February to July 2023

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Policy Submission: Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land Bill

19 May 2023

Biowatch South Africa comments on the Preservation and Development of Agricultural Land Bill [B8–2021].

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Stories of Resilience Built Through Agroecology

Biowatch farmers speak out about living and thriving in troubled times 2020–2022: COVID-19, social upheavals, unrest, extreme weather ...

The two years starting from the onset of the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020, to the civil unrest in July 2021 and the extreme floods in 2022 were unprecedented in terms intersecting crises. During this challenging period communication between Biowatch and the farmers we support suggested that, on the whole, they were coping. To confirm this anecdotal evidence, we commissioned a survey of 24 farmers, including long-standing and recent agroecology adopters, in nine areas in different parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

The farmers’ voices and stories offered in this book provide insight into the multiple dimensions in which agroecology benefits rural communities and builds resilience in the face of intersecting climate, biodiversity, water and food crises and the ensuing social and political upheavals that loom ahead of us locally, regionally and globally.

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Biowatch Bulletin: January 2023

Biowatch Bulletin: August 2022 to January 2023

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Comments: Draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in South Africa

9 September 2022

Biowatch South Africa comments on the Draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in South Africa.

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Policy Submission: Plant Improvement Act

31 August 2022

Biowatch SA Comments on the Regulations made in terms of the Plant Improvement Act, 2018 published in the Government Gazette on 10 June 2022.

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Policy Submission: Plant Breeders’ Rights Act

31 August 2022

Biowatch SA comments on the Regulations made in terms of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act, 2018 as published in the Government Gazette on 24 June 2022.

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