News and Updates
On Saturday 23 May 2015, Biowatch South Africa and rural farmers in northern KZN will join the global March Against Monsanto, saying loudly and clearly: No to GMOs; No to industrial agriculture; No to the corporate control of our seeds and our food.
On Friday, 15 May 2015 Biowatch South Africa, along with representatives of rural northern KwaZulu-Natal farmers, will give oral submissions at the Public Hearings on the recently tabled Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill and Plant Improvement Bill. The hearings will take place in Parliament, Cape Town.
We are very excited to announce the launch of our new website. With its fresh new design and expanded content, the new site has several easy to use drop down menus with updated information about our work and our publications and information resources. We are still busy populating the site with information, documents and photographs, so please visit regularly.
"Strengthening support for small farmer-led seed systems: Knowledge exchange, collaboration and innovation between formal and informal seed systems” was the title of the two-day seminar organised by the Seed and Knowledge Initiative (SKI), which took place in Stellenbosch, South Africa 4-5 September 2014.
Small-holder farmers in Pongola, KZN, joined the international March Against Monsanto on 24 May 2014, adding their voices to the call for a permanent boycott of genetically engineered seed, food and other harmful agro-chemicals. In their fight to save their natural seeds and traditional farming practices, these farmers have refused government "gifts" of GM seed.
Despite the heavy downpour, spirits were high as guests gathered to celebrate the launch of Biowatch's much-anticipated book at the Durban Botanic Gardens Education Centre. Written by Biowatch founder trustees Rachel Wynberg and David Fig, "A Landmark Victory for Justice - Biowatch's Battle with the South African State and Monsanto" tells the inside story of how a reasonable request for access to GMO permit applications catapulted the environmental watch-dog into almost a decade of litigation against the South African state and biotechnology multinational Monsanto.
Events and Workshops
21 Apr 2015 - 24 Apr 2015
Biowatch Advocacy Workshop
20 Apr 2015 - 24 Apr 2015
South and Eastern Africa Agro-ecology Knowledge and Skills Sharing Workshop
11 Oct 2014 - 12 Oct 2014
Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) to the 41st session of the World Committee on Food Security (CFS)
Dec 2014 - Jan 2015
Biowatch Annual Report 2013/2014
Landmark Victory for Justice
Securing Farmers' Rights and Seed Sovereignty in SA