Sustainability for all

We can all make a contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals if we shop fairly and sustainably! Biovision shows us how.

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Bundesrat erkennt Potenzial der Agenda 2030 (noch) nicht

Biovision ist über den Bericht „Die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung durch die Schweiz“, welcher der Bundesrat heute verabschiedet hat, enttäuscht. Der Wille der Landesregierung für eine echte Nachhaltigkeitspolitik ist weiterhin nicht erkennbar. Der Bundesrat verpasst es, sowohl die Herausforderungen der Schweiz auf dem Weg in eine nachhaltige Zukunft klar zu benennen, als auch die Chancen, welche sich aus der Agenda 2030 für Wirtschaft, Forschung und Gesellschaft ergeben,...

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Then and now

Some 12 years ago, Biovision concluded a project in Ethiopia that controlled the tsetse fly and deadly sleeping sickness affecting livestock used biological methods. What has happened since then?

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“I always had a concern for the wellbeing of my fellow humans”

He changed from medicine to agro-science, researched leguminous plants and got the ministry for agriculture and Senegalese small-holders together: For Biovision, Alain Mbaye is a partner, a door opener and the person who does the right thing at the right time at the right place.

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"The benefit must be visible"

Every week, our blogger Daria Lehmann, currently in Kenya, meets people with exciting stories. This week, Rose Marubu tells her about the challenges of development cooperation in practice.

(Blog in German)

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Annual Report 2017

Last year was a record year for Biovision. Never before have so many funds been invested in our projects. In the activity report, we look back over the past year and provide transparent information on the source and use of funds. You can find the Annual Report online or order it in printed form.

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“Our ideas fell on fertile ground”

Andi Schriber looks back on 20 years of real help. At the start, we also had problems to overcome. In an interview, the CEO looks forward to future challenges and reveals the secret to Biovision’s successful development.

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Greeting from the Founder and President

Over the past 20 years we have accomplished a lot and also increased our knowledge. I would like to thank everyone who has accompanied and supported us on the way to a promising future for all.

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Biovision active in the global dialogue

Since 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.

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Real help in Tolay

Good health is our greatest asset. It is crucial not just for individual well-being but also for a country’s workforce and its overall prosperity. This was clear from the results of a pilot project from 2006–2017 involving Biovision, icipe (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya) and affected communities in the Ethiopian district of Tolay.

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Biovision was founded in Zurich on 3 June 1998 by Hans Rudolf Herren, Andreas Schriber, Mathis Zimmermann and Jürg Weber. Their vision: a world with enough healthy food for all, produced by healthy people in a healthy environment.

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Bees – simply irreplaceable

Today is the first ever World Bee Day. Bees pollinate up to 80% of all plants and so are amongst the most important working animals in agriculture. In addition, bees produce honey, a healthy food that improves the diet of smallholders and their families in sub-Saharan Africa and increases incomes.

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Stop land degradation: Time is short

Our soils continue to deteriorate. A recent study revealed that two-fifths of humans are already affected by land degradation, which means they are no longer able to benefit from eco-system services or the fertility of soils. There are, however, still grounds for hope.

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Prominent support

Biovision ambassador and orienteering world champion Simone Niggli has been with us for 10 years now. We would like to thank her very much and look back on her project trip in 2007 with a picture gallery.

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Josephine Ithiru and her Toggenburger Goats

The seventy year old farmer Josephine Ithiru from Chuka (Kenya) participates in a scientific long-term study. Organic and conventional cultivation methods are being compared

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Mosquito doctors in Malindi

Today is World Malaria Day. Using simple but sustainable methods, people in the Kenyan coastal city of Malindi have reduced the number of malaria cases by 60%. Biovision is supporting sustainable and ecological methods to fight the disease e.g. with mosquito scouts.

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Hunger rises despite UN’s Zero Hunger Goal

The latest figures highlight the gravity of the situation just last year alone when some 124 million people in 51 countries faced acute food insecurity — 11 million more than in 2016.

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Small gesture – big impact

Our Newsletter caused great excitement in Boji when two Biovision project staff showed local people the report on the first phase of the project “Camels for drought areas”. The camel owners were thrilled to see photos of family members not seen for a long time.

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“Many friends are better than one love”

Last year Musdalafa Lyaga from Biovision Africa Trust won a film award in Milan. Here you get to know him as a passionate radio producer.

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The Next Green Revolution

The magazine National Geographic has published an extensive article about the future of our agriculture. While representatives of agro-chemical industry propose we need more genetic modifications, Hans Herren and Biovision are also mentioned with their agro-ecological approach.

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For children of children…

Children’s eyes sparkle with wonder at this time of year as they behold the artistically decorated Easter nests and chocolate bunnies. These delicious sweets are extremely popular and the annual production of just the Golden Bunny is 140 million.

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Risk for humans and animals

Rift Valley Fever is caused by a virus and is transmitted by mosquitoes or air-borne infection. In Kenya, Biovision is providing information to local people and helping to develop an early warning system that will allow them to fight this dangerous disease.

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Organic farmer and TV star

Mkulima Mbunifu (The Smart Farmer) is the only farmer magazine in Tanzania in Swahili. Thanks to a reader who won a reality TV show, demand for the magazine has increased throughout the country.

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“Camels are the future”

Normally, north-eastern Kenya would currently have a rainy season. But more and more the rain simply does not come. By distributing camels to the locals, Biovision attempts to mitigate the problems of droughts.

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We want to learn even more!

For the International Women’s Day we are introducing a power woman with a big heart, intelligence and a green thumb. With lots of self-confidence she declares: “I can look after my family myself and this makes me proud!”

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