About the organization
Biowatch South Africa
South Africa | Founded in 1997 | Thousand Currents Partner since 2010 | www.biowatch.org.za
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.