Highlights from the SIBUYISELA ULWAZI 2017 FESTIVAL

25 & 26 October the Biowatch SA 2017 Food & Seed Festival. A celebration 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. 

A first for Durban, the festival raised 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 showased their seeds and traditional preparation methods, who were 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.