Farmer input subsidies interrogated at regional women’s gathering

Over a hundred delegates from ten Southern African countries gathered in Windhoek, Namibia, to tackle the issues of Farmer Input Subsidy Programmes (FISPs) and government support for agroecology in the region. The workshop, convened jointly by the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), was part of the SADC People’s Summit, a … More Farmer input subsidies interrogated at regional women’s gathering

Successful Rural Women’s Assembly in Namibia

Africa has a long and old tradition of patriarchy that women across the region have to battle against to secure real equality in accessing land. But women’s power received a boost this month following a successful Rural Women’s Assembly held in Windhoek, Namibia. Over a hundred women from Southern Africa converged for the annual Assembly … More Successful Rural Women’s Assembly in Namibia

Report from SADC regional farmer speak out on farm input subsidy programmes

Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) and African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) jointly hosted a meeting of farmers and civil society organisations (CSOs) to share views and experiences on farm input subsidy programmes and public sector support for agroecology in the region. About 140 participants from Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Mauritius, Lesotho, Swaziland … More Report from SADC regional farmer speak out on farm input subsidy programmes

Southern African rural women speak out against patriarchal land ownership!

Over 150 rural women from across Southern Africa, mostly members of the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) organised a public meeting as part of the People’s Summit organised by SAPSN (Southern African People’s Solidarity Network) in Windhoek from the 16-17 August. There were speakers from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana, Madagascar, South Africa and Swaziland. All … More Southern African rural women speak out against patriarchal land ownership!

MEDIA STATEMENT: RURAL WOMEN GATHER FOR STRONG MESSAGE TO SADC LEADERS

MEDIA STATEMENT  August 15, 2018  RURAL WOMEN GATHER FOR STRONG MESSAGE TO SADC LEADERS Rural women delegates from nine Southern African countries are gathered in Windhoek, Namibia ahead of this week’s SADC summit to formulate a strong message to SADC leaders around land, food security, and rural development. The Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) is a … More MEDIA STATEMENT: RURAL WOMEN GATHER FOR STRONG MESSAGE TO SADC LEADERS

Waste management in crisis in Southern Africa

Waste is an ecological issue! Today is the 5th Day of the RWA feminist school and the participants focused on waste management in their respective countries. The women are from Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Mauritius, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. Women agreed that waste management in the Southern Africa region is in crisis. … More Waste management in crisis in Southern Africa

Re-thinking Waste

It is women who handle waste – Unwanted, unnecessary, useless and discarding material were some of the words the RWA members who are participating the Feminist School in Lesotho, used to describe “waste”.   According to Suzall Timm, the facilitator of the session on waste – the words used to describe waste are all related to … More Re-thinking Waste

As RWA : “We say No to the drive by seed companies to take over our local seeds”!

Hybrid seeds are seeds that are controlled by multi-national corporations (MNCs). In recent years these seeds have been pushed onto us in Africa. We are daily bombarded by a narrative that says our local seeds, traditional seeds and farmer-managed seeds are inferior.  These multi-national corporations are attempting to undermine the life-giving aspects of seeds. They … More As RWA : “We say No to the drive by seed companies to take over our local seeds”!

Rural Women’s Assembly 4th Annual Feminist School

Southern Africa Rural Women’s Assembly 4th Feminist School July 1st – July 7th 2018 Maseru, Lesotho This is the 4th Feminist School of the Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA). The annual feminist school has become an important space for the RWA. Over the past four years we have managed to introduce the notion of feminism into … More Rural Women’s Assembly 4th Annual Feminist School

PRESS RELEASE: Parliamentary consultation & decision making on SA’s Corporate Seed Bills a Sham!!

The African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is deeply concerned that South Africa’s draconian corporate seed Bills were approved by the Parliamentary Select Committee on the 22nd May 2018, with no substantial changes being made. This despite a number of provinces having rejected the Bills entirely on the basis that they did not adequately serve the … More PRESS RELEASE: Parliamentary consultation & decision making on SA’s Corporate Seed Bills a Sham!!