Lack of water, scorched hay fields and fire bans: Liechtenstein* suffered from heat waves and drought last summer. But what do the weather extremes mean for farmers in the Global South? How can they address these complex challenges?
20 years Biovision highlights. 2014 - in the Tharaka Plain, east of Mount Kenya, communities face ever more frequent droughts. As part of their response to this threat, they are building on knowledge handed down from their forefathers and growing traditional, native varieties – with success.
20 years Biovision highlights. 2012 - At its annual conference in Rome, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) took initial steps towards implementing the mandate it was given at the Rio+20 conference. Biovision was well represented at the talks. We are now seeking to ensure that the decisions taken at Rio are not watered down.
Maya Graf, Green National Councillor for Basel Land and an organic farmer has been elected to the Biovision Foundation Board. The election of Maya Graf provides us with the services of a highly qualified, well-connected and committed colleague,” said Biovision President Dr Hans Rudolf Herren with obvious pleasure.
20 years Biovision highlights. 2010 - the Political Dialogue and Advocacy team at Biovision has been active on the political stage, as this is where the strategic decisions on sustainable food security are taken. The success of Biovision in shaping the International Assessment of Agriculture Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, Rio + 20 and Agenda 2030 clearly demonstrates the need for lobbying on agro-ecological issues.
20 years Biovision highlights. 2009 - Although using DDT was already banned in many countries in the 1970s, it continues to be used in agriculture and to combat malaria. In 2009, Biovision campaigned for alternatives to DDT at an international conference.
20 years Biovision highlights. 2007 - East African farmers have long sought help for agricultural problems. Now they can find it in the "Infonet", a kind of Wikipedia for farmers. But how does this work in places that lack access to digital technology?
20 years Biovision highlights. 2006 - For decades, malaria was the most common cause of death in the coastal town of Malindi in Kenya. Suddenly, the town had far fewer mosquitoes and so fewer cases of the disease. For Dr Anisa Omar, the reason was clear: behind the success was a Biovision pilot project.
The locks from the dam in the Uluguru Mountains in Tanzania were opened at the end of 2013. Torrential rain ripped plants and soil from their steep slopes and left behind a wake of destruction. In the Towelo region, few arable crops were able to survive the downpour. They had one thing in common, though: they were all planted on terraces.
How does it sound under the ground in Switzerland? At the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Sounding Soil was presented, which enables the public to experience sounds in the soil. The installation can still be seen in Bern until 25 November 2018. Sounding Soil is a multi-year campaign to raise awareness of soil issues.
Far too little rain, depleted soils and on top of that hordes of pests decimating their harvests and threatening the food security of East African smallholders and their families. The Biovision “Infonet” provides them with the necessary knowledge and gives them the chance to produce enough food for themselves. World Food Day is on 16 October.
How can the 1.5 °C goal still be reached? The CLARA report, to which Biovision also contributed, shows how make the shift.
20 years Biovision highlights. 2005 - Biovision funds the farmer magazine “The Organic Farmer” in Kenya. The magazine, published officially by ICIPE in Nairobi, was started by Peter Baumgartner, former Africa correspondent of the Tages-Anzeiger in Zurich. The magazine has been enthusiastically received, as Peter reports.
20 years Biovision highlights. 2004: An orphanage in Kenya needs funding and so has been looking at new sources of income. It has opted for beekeeping. The work by Biovision goes even further and extends to preventive health care and a sound professional future for the boys and girls.
A waste sorting plant in a small Kenyan village? During my trip to Boji, a remote village of 700 people, I was amazed to come across a large heap of rubbish. I am actually here to report on the project “Camels for drought areas” but the waste mountain sparks my interest.
20 years Biovision highlights. 2003: In the highlands of Kenya, malaria is not active all the year round. But after long rainy spells, the disease reappears, killing many people. ICIPE researchers have recently developed a way to prevent this.
Obwohl eine Mehrheit der Stimmbevölkerung die Fair-Food-Initiative abgelehnt hat, stösst das Ziel von umweltschonenden und regional produzierten Lebensmitteln weiterhin auf breite Zustimmung. Jetzt sind der Bundesrat und Parlament gefordert, bei fairen Handelsbeziehungen, dem ressourcenschonenden Umgang mit Lebensmitteln und der Verwirklichung eines nachhaltigen Ernährungssystems vorwärts zu machen.
What should small farmers use the grass for when it is scarce: for feeding cattle or producing compost? Lucy Muigai from Central Kenya helped solve this dilemma. Last summer, Patrick Rohr photographed the active organic farmer for the 2019 Biovision calendar.
Daria Lehmann completed a three-month internship in Kenya in the field of development cooperation. What experiences stood out to her and what does she intend to do now? A conversation with Daria after her return to Switzerland.