Bees not Roses: The Honey Cavalier

It is quite possible that our Valentine's Day roses were cultivated far away, perhaps in Ethiopia, where greenhouses are proliferating. But despite the growing floriculture industry of cultivated flowers in Ethiopia, one intrepid young man is not using roses to woo his fiancé, but bees.

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Organic grows worldwide

The demand for organic food is continuing to grow worldwide, more farmers are producing organically and organically cultivated land is expanding. These are the results of the latest edition of the study “The World of Organic Agriculture” with figures from 179 countries.

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Fertile soils instead of hors-sol as a better solution to hunger

Lauding hors-sol, or above ground cultivation, as the solution to feeding the world misses the point. This intensive form of food production is not only costly but also unsustainable, due to its often-considerable energy requirements. Compared to organic farming, hors-sol is sorely lacking as a solution to world hunger.

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8 Reasons Why we Need to Grow the FCP

The Farmer Communication Programme (FCP) has been running since 2005 – and has been a great success. With its multimedia transmission of information, the FCP ensures a continual exchange of knowledge and experience. Below we introduce eight areas where the project supported by Biovision has had a significant impact.

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Bird flu threatens Kenyan poultry

Bird flu imported to Uganda by migrating birds from Europe is now threatening Kenyan poultry as well. The Kenyan government has therefore banned import of chickens of chicken products from Uganda.

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Biovision in Advisory Committee for Federal Council

The Swiss committee for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations committee (CNS-FAO) has drafted a paper with ideas and recommendations for steps towards a sustainable agricultural and food system.

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Window into neighbour’s garden

You can find out why Maurice Musyone cut a small window into his hedge in our project report from Virhembe – a village close to Kakamega rainforest in Kenya.

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Biovision in partnership with Alliance Sud

As a result of its Strategy 2016-2020, the work of Biovision will increasingly focus on global issues, such as the UN Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals SDGs) as well as raising awareness in Switzerland of the importance of sustainability. Biovision is seeking to tackle these activities in cooperation with relevant networks. At the start of 2017, it entered into a partnership with Alliance Sud, representing an important step in the process.

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The new TOF is available

The January edition of the Biovision Farmer Magazine „The Organic Farmer“ covers the consequences of climate change, gives tips on how to produce feed for chickens and describes, what a Mandala Garden is and what its benefits are.

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Biovision’s partnership with SDC

Biovision has just entered into a partnership with SDC, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

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Ban neonicotinoids now

Neonicotinoid pesticides are even more dangerous than initially assumed and not just to insects but birds and aquatic organisms as well. These are the findings of an independent review by Sussex University commissioned by Greenpeace.

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Biovision identifies “Beacons of Hope” in the transition to sustainable food and agriculture systems

Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development was the successful respondent to a request by The Global Alliance for the Future of Food for proposals to lead a new study called “Beacons of Hope,” the aim of which is to demonstrate the positive benefits of transitioning towards sustainable food systems.

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December Stories 2016: Young teach their elders

Steven from Kangari, Kenya: „I told my parents all about compost. They were very interested and were proud of me. They also said that I should continue to work hard in school so that I might make a good scientist in future.“

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Agroforestry systems have a higher return on labour

Work in agroforestry systems is more profitable than work in monocultures. This is the conclusion of a long-term study of cacao growing in Bolivia by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).

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Biovision visits Mama Obama

The photo shows project coordinator Samuel Ledermann with Mama Sarah Obama. Read on to find out what Barack Obama’s grandmother has to do with Biovision.

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December Story 2016: Nthagaiya, Kenya Invasion of an exotic enemy

The first December Story of this year is about mangoes in Kenya. The warning signs were clear enough - nose bleeds and sore throats – but it was a long time before mango farmer, Henry Ngare realised the cause.

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World Malaria Report 2016 generates hope

Malaria is a big problem in sub-Sahara Africa. Mainly children and pregnant women suffer under the deadly tropical disease. Last year about 430’000 people died from malaria – 92% of which in Africa.

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Biovision Newsletter No. 43

Our December Newsletter is ready! Among other stories, we report on the big success of coffee farmers in Rongo and how Biovision is engaged to protect our climate.

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Verdict on Monsanto delayed until spring 2017

The verdict on Monsanto planned for 10 December has been moved to spring 2017. The five judges with international experience want to present a well-founded verdict, which could be seminal for other legal cases and which will generate discussions about international law.

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Intensive land use reduces biodiversity

The results of a recent study published in the magazine Nature show that the intensive use of grassland habitats significantly reduces species diversity; humans, as part of the food chain, will not escape the long-term impact of that loss.

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