Partners - Southern Africa
Biowatch South Africa strives to prevent biological diversity from being privatised for corporate gain. Biowatch aspires to an environment where people control their food supply systems, where the benefits from commercial use of biological resources are fairly shared and where ordinary citizens are encouraged to help make policy choices about new technologies, such as genetic engineering.
The Mupo Foundation
The Mupo Foundation, based in Venda of the Limpopo Province, works with local communities to protect and regenerate their network of sacred sites; to strengthen the voice of the custodians through the Community Ecological Governance programme; to revive traditional seed diversity and food sovereignty; and to inspire intergenerational learning through community dialogues and schools.
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The SEED Trust (Sustainable Enterprise for Enabling Development) was established in response to the poverty, unemployment, conflict and inequity that affect the lives of millions of people in South Africa, and which constitutes a threat to the well-being of society, as well as to the natural environment.
The Wilderness Foundation
The Wilderness Foundation, founded in 1972, protects and sustains African wilderness through holistic and integrated conservation, social and education programmes. The Foundation believes the wilderness heals and sustains the human psyche and they have been leaders in the field of creating an understanding of the link between ecosystem health and human well-being.
African Centre for Biosafety
The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) is a non profit organisation, based in Johannesburg South Africa. It provides authorative, credible, relevant and current information, and research and policy analysis on issues pertaining to genetic engineering, biosafety and biopiracy in Africa. The ACB is active in playing an effective role in protecting Africa's biodiversity, traditional knowledge, food production systems, culture and diversity, from the threats posed by genetic engineering and biopiracy.
The South African Freeze Alliance on Genetic Engineering (SAFeAGE) was founded in 1999 as the campaign arm of NGOs involved with the GMO debate. SAFeAGE is working towards a comprehensive review of government policy and legislation concerning GE; public participation in decision-making; independent assessment of GMOs' social and economic impacts on farmers; and a system to prevent genetic contamination of the environment.
The Valley Trust is a centre for health promotion, founded in 1953 in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu Natal, but now working throughout the province. Their vision is communities in which people take responsibility for improving their own health and quality of life within a democratic society
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