One of Biowatch's primary objectives is to promote seed diversity, seed saving and an agro-ecological approach to agriculture at the grassroots level. This is the over-riding objective of the project and has been the focus of the work in communities KwaHhohho, Ntandabantu, Tshaneni and Ekuthuleni.
In late 2010, the decision of the South African government NOT to allow Monsanto to buy the largest national seed producer was a huge victory for Biowatch activists, and a victory for small farmers that save domestic seeds. By keeping a seed bank, seeds from many different areas can be saved and used to grow indigenous crops. Other initiatives for seed diversity and a sustainalbe agro-ecological approach has included:
Training on agro–ecological farming systems for local farmers
GMO awareness and information on traditional seed varieties
Promoting seed diversity and seed saving in households with gardens and crops.
The gap in this work has been the provision of materials - which is why donations to this project go a long way. Thank you for your generosity. This work couldn't continue without grassroots funding!
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