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Biowatch South Africa was established in 1997 to publicise, monitor and research issues of genetic modification, and to promote biological diversity and sustainable livelihoods. Biowatch's head office is in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. A rural office in Mtubatuba works with small-scale farmers on sustainable agriculture, food and seed security, and farmers' rights.

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BIOWATCH BULLETIN - DECEMBER 2013

Biowatch Bulletin - December (PDF, 1282 kb)Biowatch Bulletin:

An innovative regional project, launched this month in South Africa, aims to revive, enhance and deepen understanding of traditional seed and knowledge systems.

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 at the University of Cape Town, has been cemented into an exciting, long-term collaboration: the Seed and Knowledge Project.

The project will work with communities, national and regional partners towards a future where local communities and smallholder farmers, and women in particular, are empowered to secure seed and food sovereignty on all levels. The project will support small-scale farming systems and will work to revive and enhance tried and tested food production methods which are low-carbon and low-input in nature and which preserve and regenerate resources.

 


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NO SEEDS, NO FUTURE

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Produced by Biowatch with support from Oxfam

For many generations subsistence farmers have successfully grown their own fruits and vegetables, and reared their own livestock. KwaHhohho in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, has a rich history of these traditional farming practices. But these are under threat, and this small farming community is fighting to save their natural seeds and traditional farming culture.

This is the story of how a community market garden, developed using agro-ecological methods, has helped these farmers secure their food sovereignty.

SEEDS OF CHOICE
Seeds of Choice is a 15 minute documentary about the work which Biowatch has been doing with small-scale and household food gardeners in KwaZulu Natal. Several community projects that have switched to inexpensive, chemical-free planting are featured and demonstrate the methods they have adopted with assistance from Biowatch's Lawrence Mkhalipi. Community members talk about their experiences and why they have chosen the low-cost chemical free option. This DVD is available from Biowatch at R100. FREE to NGOs. Please contact us for a copy.
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