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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European Court of Justice strengthens right to information on pesticides

Last week, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the public is entitled to information on how pesticides and insecticides damage the environment: This particular ruling related to the weed-killer glyphosate (Roundup) and the insecticide imidacloprid.

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Biovision Symposium 2016

On Saturday we welcomed some 770 guests to the Biovision Symposium in Zurich. Visitors listened to “Stories from the Laboratory” and were entertained by Stefan Heuss with his fantastical inventions.

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Résumé of 20 years of GMOs

A symposium on “20 years of GMOs in agriculture – risks and alternative approaches” was held recently at the Eventforum Berne. Scientists, politicians and individuals from the private sector came together to discuss the current state of knowledge. In some cases, opinions on the opportunities, benefits and risks differed.

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GMOs fail to live up to their promise

Hopes were high for genetically modified crops: higher yields, fewer pesticides, more robust plants. Detailed research by the New York Times (NYT) in the US and Canada has found that gene technology is not living up to its promise in those countries.

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SDGs: Implementation now on the agenda

One year on from the adoption of Agenda 2030 with its 17 global Sustainable Development Goals, there is now evidence that concrete steps are being taken to implement them. This includes the need to free some 800 million people from hunger and at its 43rd annual session, the Committee on World Global Food Security (CFS) discussed potential support for countries seeking to achieve this aim. Biovision used the opportunity to present an effective approach using specific examples from Kenya.

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Building resilience to climate change

The recently published FAO report on the “The State of Food and Agriculture” is devoted this year to an extremely important issue: the impact of climate change on agriculture and food production.

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