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Collage drawing of women farmers preparing food and sowing as well as a field and different vegetables.

Farm input subsidies to be discussed at SADC People’s Summit in Namibia, 15 August


African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) is partnering with Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) to host a regional farmer speak out and discussion on producer support and farm input subsidy programmes (FISPs) as part of the SADC People’s Summit to coincide with the SADC Heads of State Summit in Windhoek, Namibia, on 15-18 August 2018.

RWA is mobilizing their members from around the region to discuss a range of issues, including women and land, the FISPs and mining and extractives. RWA Namibia will launch. There may also be a day of convergence and action with the wider People’s Summit participants.

Marginalised worldviews hold the key to climate change adaption: Reflections from the International Adaptation Futures Conference, Cape Town


By Haidee Swanby, ACB Research Asscoiate

June 2018

In the climate change arena there are two main streams of work – mitigation, which are measures we need to take to stop emissions and halt climate change, and adaptation – the varied practices we are taking and can take to adapt to living with the new conditions that climate change brings.

Video: Smallholder Farmer Autonomy Over Seed Production


Video: Smallholder Farmer Autonomy Over Seed Production – the final release in a series of six videos from the ACB hosted event, National Seed Dialogue and Celebration, held in December 2017 at Constitution Hill.

Smallholder farmers feed the world, providing up to 70% of food consumed globally. The seed is the first link in the food chain. If farmers do not have their own seeds or access to open pollinated varieties that they can save, improve and exchange, they have no seed sovereignty – and consequently no food sovereignty.