2024 - Telling our stories to inspire interest and action about food sovereignty, sustainability and justice

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Welcome to the 2024 continuation of the webinar series organised by TRANSIT and GINTL Africa.

The aim is to create a safe space for activists, artists, academics and intergenerational groups from various parts of the world to tell stories that generate energy for more conscious and sustainable futures. Each webinar will be 1.5 hours long with about 30 minutes at the end for discussion. All webinars will be recorded and made available to participants for use after the webinar, if panel teams give permission.

All webinar events are free. If you register once using this link, we will send updates and Zoom link for each webinar in 2024. You can unregister at any time.

Upcoming webinar on 6 August 2024

Dr Munya Saruchera, Senior lecturer at Stellenbosch University and Ashoka fellow working with community seed banks and smallholder farmer learning circles will lead a panel about Agribusiness and African Traditional foods: Challenges and opportunities for food justice and sovereignty in South Africa.

Details to follow shortly.

(5) Webinar 11 April 2024 at 10:00 South Africa time / 11:00 Finland time

Mass movement building for climate justice and food sovereignty in South Africa

Luci Coelho led a conversation with Awande Buthelezi about his experiences with Dr. Vishwas Satgar and many others in mass movement building for climate justice and food sovereignty in South Africa. Unfortunately Dr. Satgar could not join on account of health challenges related to long Covid.

The world’s first Climate Justice Charter (CJC) was taken to South Africa’s parliament on October 16th, 2020. It emerged from several years of grassroots campaigning by the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign and the Cooperative and Policy Alternative Centre. The CJC breaks with the normalisation rationalities of mainstream climate politics. Instead, it is a pluri-vision to address the legacies of apartheid, the current polycrisis and secure a just, livable and democratic South Africa. Grounding this is a new decolonial transformative politics that is re-imagining mass movement building, strategic politics, systems change through democratic systemic reforms and a climate emergency policy platform driven from below by people and workers, in communities, workplaces, sectors and the state.

Awande Buthelezi is an organiser and researcher at the Co-operative and Policy Alternative Center (COPAC) and an activist with the Climate Justice Charter Movement (CJCM). He is also a co-Director of Rural Futurisms (NPC). In his capacity as an organiser and activist with the CJCM, he is also a speaker and climate justice educator, who facilitates workshops and lectures on climate science, the impact of the climate crisis, climate justice and just alternatives pathways to confronting the climate crisis. His research interests are systemic transformation of socio-ecological systems, development, political economy, political ecology, philosophy of technology and climate justice.

Dr. Vishwas Satgar is an Associate Professor of International Relations, principal investigator for Emancipatory Futures Studies in the Anthropocene and editor of the Democratic Marxism series at WITS University South Africa. He researches decolonial thought, the climate and polycrisis as well as systemic transformations of socio-ecological systems. His recent publications include Emancipatory Feminism in the time of Covid 19 – Transformative Resistance and Social Reproduction (open access) and Peoples and workers climate justice charter futures for South Africa (open access). He is a veteran activist and co-founder of the Cooperative and Policy Alternative Centre, the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign and Climate Justice Charter Movement (CJCM). He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including an award by Universities of South Africa and the Human Sciences Research Council for his academic contribution to social justice. He lives with long Covid 19 challenges and a damaged immune system. This traumatic experience informed the making of a Love Letter to the Many – Arguments for Transformative Left Politics in South Africa. He hopes to lead another panel on this later in 2024.

Link to watch the recording of the Webinar 5

(4) Webinar 8 February 2024 at 11:00

From ground to global: connected actions advocating agroecology for food sovereignty

Biowatch South Africa will facilitate an exchange of experiences from their work with agroecology farmers to platforms for shared learning and advocacy in response to crises arising from the global industrialised food system. Biowatch supports smallholder farmers, works together with other civil society organisations, and engages decision-makers to challenge the industrialised food system and demonstrate agroecology as a means of ensuring biodiversity while attaining food and seed sovereignty and social justice.


Johannesburg born Vanessa Black completed a Bachelor of Architecture Degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, working briefly as an architect before following her passion for environmental justice. She has worked with various civil society organisations including co-founding Earthlife Africa Johannesburg’s GreenHouse Peoples Environmental Centre, the Environmental Justice Networking Forum, the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance and the Board of the African Centre for Biodiversity. After moving to Durban, Vanessa consulted to the Agricultural Management Unit of eThekwini local municipality before joining Biowatch South Africa as the Advocacy and Research Coordinator in 2017.

Phindokuhle Phakathi is an agroecological farmer and an aspiring activist with a special interest in indigenous crops. He strongly believes in community. For the past 3 years he has been working with other farmers to revive indigenous crops and growing their seed banks by sharing seeds and knowledge. Phindo is involved in advocacy issues where he is working with civil society organisations to understand the broader issues that affect farmers and communities in general, and bringing that awareness to the ground.

Ms. Juliet Nangamba is an Ecofeminist, a qualified Agronomist from the University of Zambia and holds a Postgraduate certificate in Inclusive Seed Systems from the Wageningen University. She has 12 years’ experience working on, supporting and advocating for the recognition of Indigenous Knowledge and Farmer Managed Seed Systems that are central for food and nutrition security and climate adaptation and mitigation. She is a qualified master trainer in Farmer Field School Approaches in Participatory Plant Breeding, Local Food Plants and Nutrition and Farmer Seed Enterprises. The approaches she engages in centre farmers as researchers, decision makers and are transformative and empowering through experiential learning. Her work culminates in supporting and influencing to transform systems of power in seed and food systems in order to support inclusivity and equity. She is actively engaged in various networks both at local and international level to ensure food sovereignty in Africa. She is currently working with Community Technology Development Trust (CTDT) in Zambia as Programmes Manager.

Karen Nekesa was born in an indigenous community in Western Kenya. Karen is a journalist by profession and naturally passionate about culture and nature. She also has experience in governance, budgeting and accountability skills acquired from MS TCDC in Arusha Tanzania. She is a human rights, climate and gender activist applying her knowledge and results oriented communication to support advocacy and development. Described as friendly, assertive, caring and outgoing, Karen loves to promote social, cultural and environmental actions among women and youth. Karen is the Co-Chair of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) Climate Change Working Group. She served as Board of PELUM Kenya Association and currently a Board member of Biosafety and Biodiversity Association of Kenya (BIBA-K), Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE) and Forest Action Network (FAN).

Link to watch the recording of the Webinar 4

Recordings of the past events are available in the 2023 webinar series page.

The webinar series is organised by The Research Centre on Transnationalism and Transformation (TRANSIT) and The Global Innovation Network for Teaching and Learning (GINTL) Africa.

For more information about the webinar series contact Norma Rudolph: norma.rudolph@tuni.fi