Cyclone Idai’s warning – Shift to agroecological systems that work with nature or suffer more devastation

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Ranked as one of the worst tropical storms on record to hit Africa, Cyclone Idai made landfall in Beira on Thursday 15 March, before lacerating its way across central Mozambique and then on towards neighbouring Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Heavy rains, flooding and storm damage has resulted in devastation on a vast scale. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, while the death toll continues to rise. ACB Board Chair, John Wilson, who lives in Zimbabwe, travelled through the lowveld part of Chimanimani, one of the hardest hit districts. Here are his reflections.

Demystifying GM maize through collective action on World Food Day

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In an effort to highlight the complex and concentrated South African agricultural and food system, with its unsustainable and deepening inequality, the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) and partner organisations initiated a “no GMO-maize campaign” earlier in 2018. This was followed up in August 2018, with a meeting of organisations that included Zingisa, Ntinga Ntaba ka Ndoda, Ilizwi Lamafama, Mxumbu Youth Cooperative, Calabash Trust and Khanyisa, in the misty Hogsback mountains in the Eastern Cape. The Hogsback meeting provided a space to bring us all together, in one dance, one voice, one direction; to revive our objectives, and remind us of how we can facilitate a transition to agroecology, and seed and food sovereignty.