Khethiwe Siyaya, Pongola

SIBUYISELA ULWAZI Food and Seed Festival

25 October 2017 - 26 October 2017, Durban Botanic Gardens

Join Biowatch SA for a fest full of the delicious, nutritious and sustainable!

We invite you to experience and celebrate the diversity of our indigenous and traditional seed and food cultures; exchange knowledge and ideas; identify challenges; and explore future-thinking innovations in support of seed and food sovereignty, and socially and ecologically just food production systems.

The tantalising programme includes recipes and tasting of traditionally-prepared indigenous crops, and the same foods with an exciting modern twist; sharing of traditional knowledge and culture around seed; buzz groups on topical food system issues; practical demonstrations; an exhibition; and a market space.

A first for Durban, the festival will raise awareness about the importance of our indigenous and traditional seed and food, and the role of the small-holder farmers who sustain these. Farmers from communities in northern KwaZulu-Natal will showcase their seeds and traditional preparation methods, and will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience around traditional seed saving and storage,household seed banks, innovations in seed production and seed blessing rituals, as well as agroecology - farming in harmony with nature.

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Wednesday 25 October

09h00 - 13h00

Speakers programme including:

  • Method Gundidza: Seed and African spirituality
  • John Nzira: My journey around seed and knowledge
  • Mpho Tshukudu: Blending nutritional compounds and cultural memories
  • Sazi Dlamini: The calabash and bow music

14h30 - 20h00

An exciting programme of activities including:

  • Exhibition of indigenous seed, seed storage and photos
  • Short talks on topics including food security, GMOs, climate smart agriculture, water harvesting, agroecology, fermentation, nutrition, and seed and spirituality
  • Exploring traditional and modern food tastes and recipes using traditional crops
  • Displays of small-holder farmer support organisations and related appropriate technology
  • Market stalls

Thursday 26 October

09h00 - 12h00

Speakers programme including:

  • Mpho Tshukudu: Looking deeper into the benefits of fermentation
  • Richard Haigh: The politics of taste and appetite
  • Loubie Rusch: Stimulating sustainable access to local wild foods
  • Gogo Qho: Being conscious of traditional and indigenous food and nutrition

13h30 - 16h00

An exciting programme of demonstrations, discussions and tasting:

  • Versatility of traditional food crops, and old and new preparation and processing methods
  • Wild food tastes and recipes
  • Tastes from the farm
  • Nutritious and delicious juices
  • Seed stories