Switzerland affords sustainability at the expense of others

Two years after the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the recently released SDG Index & Dashboards Report 2017 identifies continuous need for action. Switzerland, which is only ranked 8th, also needs to make an effort if it is to achieve the Global Goals until 2030.

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New mosquito nets offer better protection against malaria

A new coating for mosquito nets could represent a further step in efforts to curb this deadly disease. The agent chlorfenapyr from German company BASF works in a completely different way than current insecticides.

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SDC Food Security Strategy

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has published a strategy document “Global Programme Food Security”, which shares many of the same objectives as the Biovision Foundation. Biovision is working with SDC at various levels.

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Push-Pull inventor visits Biovision

Professor Zeyaur Khan, the inventor of the Push-Pull technology, visited Biovision Foundation in Zurich and explained the current challenges to the method that is increasing yields of farmers substantially.

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First Push-Pull fields now in Malawi

Last year, Biovision in cooperation withicipe started work on spreading Push Pull to other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The first signs of success are now evident, e.g. on the farm of Agnes Michael in the village of Ukwe in Malawi.

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"We need a quick and holistic transformation of our food system"

Hans Herren made this clear statement at the Nestlé conference „Planting the Seeds for the Future II“. The conference at Nestlé’s headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland, discussed the topics agriculture, nutrition and sustainability.

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TOF empowers women

Joyce Okwara’s life has changed fundamentally since she started reading TOF (The Organic Farmer). Together with 15 other women, she has built up a successful agri-business.

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No more wasting time

It is 4 years since 35-year old Joanne Cissy from Uganda switched to ecological methods of cultivation and for her there is no going back: "With ecological agriculture I have acquired both knowledge and money, both an enormous help for the future".

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Dangerous pest threatens potato production in Kenya

The Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) infestation levels in Kenya are very high, threatening the future of potato production in the country. The quarantine pest was first discovered in Kenya two years ago in Nyandarua County, and has since spread to all potato growing areas in Kenya.

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Latest Newsletter now available

Knowledge brings progress: Two cockerels as thank-you to teacher. The cover story in our latest Newsletter highlights the success of our partner "Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania"(SAT). See Newsletter No. 45 for this and many other exciting news items and stories from project regions.

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Disabled farmers help themselves

The Ngakundu farmer group meet on a monthly basis to socialise and to educate themselves on farming techniques and practises that allow them to increase production on their own plots of farmland with the help of Biovision. What is unexpected, however, is the fact that this community is formed entirely of people with mental and physical disabilities.

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Beacons of Hope

In its “Beacons of Hope” project, Biovision is tackling the issue of sustainable food systems. The project will conduct a review of the relevant research and analyse promising initiatives at both the practical and policy level that aim to switch to sustainable food systems. The aim is to identify a successful model for transitioning to sustainable food systems.

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„We need different answers“

The Biovision Spring event on biodiversity attracted 200 visitors. Why is biodiversity so important for our lives? How can we protect it and what steps should we take? Is there still any hope for maintaining biodiversity?

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Protect biodiversity: Now!

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.

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We are both farmers and entrepreneurs

The story of Thomas Mmasi provides an insight into our project to protect biodiversity in the Kakamega Rainforest Reserve. If you would like to know more, find out at first hand at our Spring Event on 24 May in Bern.

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International Day of Families: Photos from the Camel Project

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.

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Mega-mergers: can we still control agri-businesses?

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!

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Kick-off meeting for a sustainable Switzerland

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.

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Hans Herren’s Visions now available in English

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.

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New pest is spreading across Africa

The fall armyworm is a new pest that is spreading across Africa and destroys maize and other crops. The invasive pest is native to North and South America and is not easy to control.

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