Building a future for agroecology in South Africa

Biowatch South Africa
South Africa | Founded in 1997 | Thousand Currents Partner since 2010 |

Biowatch South Africa challenges industrial agriculture and advocates for and demonstrates agroecology as the solution that ensures biodiversity, food sovereignty, and social justice.

Established in 1999 as an environmental justice NGO, Biowatch works with small-holder farmers in rural South Africa, with government, and with civil society organizations in South and Southern Africa to secure small-holder farmers’ rights. Biowatch ensures that people have control over their food, agricultural processes, and natural resources within a biodiverse and sustainable system, free of corporate control.

The organization’s approach is two-fold:

  • Biowatch works simultaneously at policy level and directly with projects on the ground involving small-holder farmers. This means that any policy interventions are grounded in the experiences of rural people working the land, rather than in a think-tank vacuum.
  • Biowatch supports small-holder farmers as they become more aware of their context, of their collective power, and of the need to ensure the accountability of decision makers in a democracy.

As the lead partner in the regional Seed and Knowledge Initiative, Biowatch is committed to reviving and enhancing traditional seeds and knowledge systems and empowering small-holder farmers, particularly women, to secure seed and food sovereignty on all levels.

Learn more about Biowatch’s work on our blog.

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