Today is “International Day for Biodiversity”; this is an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of biodiversity and the risks posed by the continued loss of species. We also want to demonstrate that each of us can help maintain it. Consistent with this, the Biovision Spring Event in Bern on Wednesday of this week will focus on biodiversity.
Today is the International Day of Families and so a good opportunity to look at Biovision’s work supporting small-scale farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Syngenta to be absorbed by ChemChina; Bayer to acquire Monsanto and Dow Chemical to merge with Du Pont. These three new giants will control 71% of the global pesticide market and 61% of the seed market. Does that represent a threat to farmers, food security and the environment? Governments can choose to intervene – but only if they are given a nudge!
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) - an initiative initiated by the previous UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012 - appointed the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern, and Biovision Foundation as the co-hosts for a SDSN branch in Switzerland. The kickoff meeting took place on Friday, 5 May 2017, in Bern - bringing together around 40 representatives from the Swiss research and science community, government, business and civil society.
Hans Herren’s book “How to Nourish the World” is now available in English. His visions on ending hunger and poverty on our planet are very inspirational and underlined with descriptions of Biovision’s practical projects in East Africa.
Some 600 delegates met in Nairobi this week for the first ever All Africa Post-Harvest Congress aimed at seeking solutions to reduce food waste and losses in the world’s poorest continent.
A facility to commercially produce a protein bait known as Fruitfly Mania™ for the control of fruit flies has been launched in Kenya yesterday. Fruit flies cause damage to agricultural products of up to US$ 2 billion in Africa every year.
As people around the globe marked the World Water Day on March 22, school pupils of a primary school in Kenya held a debate revolving around a persistent drought crisis and life-threatening food shortages threatening millions across East and Horn of Africa.
Today is the International Day of Forests. We have to cherish the immense value of the biodiversity of forests and protect it. That is why the handling with our treasure of nature and the training of people are at the centre of our forest projects. In our latest print newsletter 44, our project in Kakamega rainforest shows how nature can be preserved, while people living around it can still generate an income.
The Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Manuel Sager, visited the long-term study site SysCom in Kenya at the end of February and spoke very positively about organic agriculture.