World Food Day Celebration in Pongola
Category : Archived News
The Food Justice Collective, a consortium of 6 groups working on livelihood creation and alternative solidarity economies, accompanied by a PACSA staff member attended a World Food Day Celebration hosted by the the Impisethunjini project and Biowatch in Pongola, Northern KwaZulu-Natal.
The Food Justice Collective participants writes “We arrived to a
windy and lightening filled sky in Pongola the day before World Food Day
(16 October 2015) and were hosted by 3 local farmers. The farmers had
not received rains for a long period. We all joked to say the heavens
are already blessing the work of celebrating that which has been sown in
While the celebrations were on the following day we took time with some of the farmers looking at their stored seeds and general information about seed-banking. These farmers have a wide variety of vegetables! On the morning of the celebrations many of us “the visitors” including others from Msinga and FSG, who had been with us last year at the celebrations in Gezubuso, went into the farmers’ fields to have a peek and learn new things. We also were invited to take seeds we did not have including a wide variety of legumes, coffee and even tobacco. One really interesting aspect of their plots was to see how they practise entrenched agro-ecology; the way in which they plant, use and save resources. All the farmers we visited have at least one form of livestock – something they emphasised. Friday 16 October, was a beautiful day. The hall was filled with local people and visitors from all around KZN and even Swaziland. This was a celebration of agro-ecological farming. There were heated discussions that took place with the Department of Agriculture who was present and works closely with the communities nearby. Farmers spoke to the representatives of the Department and urged them to relook at how they operate and how they are in the forefront of killing our seed (through encouraging GMO’s) and therefore killing our health and destroying our lives.