Working Groups

Working Groups

Working groups are groups of experts working together to achieve specified goals. The groups are domain-specific and focus on discussion or activity around a specific subject area. They play a critical role identifying areas or spaces where TABIO members can increase policy and advocacy engagements at national, regional, continental and global level. TABIO members have created Working Group with the aim to create overlaps between members work and to ensure maximum involvement of members in a realistic way. TABIO has developed the policy that guide the functioning of the working groups.

The working groups include:

Seed Working Group

The working group is advocating for recognition and support of farmer managed seed system (FMSS). This seed system provides huge contribution of seed available to farmers which are diverse, affordable and reliable but it has neither been recognized nor supported by the government.

The roles of the seed working group are:

  • be the think tank on farm save seed issues
  • generate advocacy information on farm saved seed
  • share information/knowledge on issues that require joint advocacy efforts
  • be informed and engaged in the advocacy work around seed, agroecology and food sovereignty
  • receive feedback from stakeholders outside the Seed Working Group and serve as an ambassador between the group and the other stakeholders

Healthy Soil working Group

The Healthy Soil Working Group is another working group, with the goal to significantly accelerate soil health stewardship in the country. The aim to catalyze widespread adoption of management principles and practices that result in greater soil health.

The roles of the healthy soil working group are:

  • collaborate with other stakeholders in generating advocacy information on soil healthy status
  • Awareness creation on principles of health soils that include: keeping soil covered; minimizing soil disturbance on cropland and minimizing external inputs; maximizing biodiversity; maintaining a living root; and integrating animals into land management, including grazing animals, birds, beneficial insects and keystone species, such as earthworms.
  • Generate knowledge that empower farmers on the right to healthy soil for foods production and soil biodiversity conservation.

GMOs and emerging technologies Working Group

In its broadest sense, a genetically modified organism (GMO) refers to an organism whose genetic material has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. Genes change naturally, either by mating or by natural recombination. But in this case, genetic fragments are scientifically inserted into the DNA of another organism to transform its collective genetic makeup, a process known as gene splicing.

While GMOs are being pushed as panacea for food security, the general public is largely unaware of the GMOs hence fail to make a meaningful contribution for informed decision making. There are also emerging technologies namely synthetic biology,  genome-editing etc. which are used in changing an organism’s genetic code. These technologies have both ethical and social implications which the general public need to be aware of.

The roles of the GMOs and emerging technologies Working Group are:

  • Collate and share related information
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders in generating awareness creation information materials which are user friendly to the general public for an informed decision making
  • Organize forum for open dialogue