«All organic – always better?»

Yes, of course was the clear answer at the end of the Biovision Symposium on 18 November in Zurich: it was an inspiring and energising afternoon.

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Push-Pull protects against fall armyworm

The fall armyworm, a pest native to tropical and subtropical America, has recently invaded Africa, causing substantial damage to maize and other crops. Scientists of our partner organisationicipe (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology) evaluated functionality of a companion cropping system, ‘climate-adapted push-pull’, developed for control of stemborers in drier agro-ecologies, as an added tool for the management of fall armyworm.

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New research corroborates the Biovision approach

"Organic farming can make an important contribution to global food supplies". "Healthier eating protects the environment". These are the findings of two recent studies published in Switzerland, both of which affirm the longstanding position adopted by Biovision.

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David Amudavi and Hans Herren on the board of IFOAM

At its World Congress in New Delhi, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) elected the director of Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), David Amudavi, and the President of Biovision Foundation, Dr Hans Herren, to its board.

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Considerable interest in “Changing Course of Global Agriculture”

On 11 October 2017, representatives from Kenya and Senegal joined Biovision and the Millennium Institute to present their experience of the Biovision programme “Changing Course of Global Agriculture. Their audience consisted of representatives from other African countries and non-governmental organisations. The approach adopted by the programme generated considerable interest amongst those present.

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The transformation of rural areas in East Africa is crucial

The recent “State of Food and Agriculture” (SOFA 2017) report from the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) accords rural areas a key role in the fight against poverty and hunger.

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Modern organic shop in Morogoro

A well-equipped organic shop has opened in Morogoro (Tanzania) to supply local people with healthy food.

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For the farmer, seeing is believing

Bekelech Tesfaye is feeding her cattle and all are watching. Her neighbours know that the young farmer has the highest milk yields in Asama and they also know why: Bekelech has the best animal feed and the best maize yields. Now, they all want that. A story for World Food Day …

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4 wins

The results of scientific research have for the first time proved the success of the holistic approach adopted by Biovision. The use of a diverse range of measures designed to improve human, animal, plant and environmental health is mutually beneficial. As a result of this synergistic effect, farming families have increased net incomes per head by 326 %.

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My father taught me to open my eyes

"My father has always loved farming. He is 72 years old, but the smell of the farm, the sounds from the barn, and the whistles of the breeze blowing through the plants still bring a smile to his face. Sadly, his love for the land is no longer enough to keep his farm going. Hard work on the farm does not guarantee success."

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Boundary markers and tree planting

The water shortages of 2016 in our reforestation project in Eastern Uganda have left their mark and the remaining saplings still have to reach the intended customers on time.

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European Parliament bans Monsanto lobbyists

Monsanto lobbyists will no longer have access to the European Parliament because of the company’s refusal to attend a parliamentary hearing into allegations of regulatory interference.

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Four exciting winners of the Right Livelihood Award 2017

The Right Livelihood Awards 2017 honour courageous protagonists for justice and and social change. The Awards go to Ethiopia, Azerbaijan, India and the US. The winners were announced today in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Major steps to improve animal health

If goats, sheep, cattle or camels fall sick, their owners suffer too. When faced with this situation, livestock farmers in rural Africa usually have to cope entirely on their own. The project “Camels for drought areas” in Kenya is seeking to improve this.

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TOF warns farmers in Kenya about poor quality feeds

The latest issue of “The Organic Farmer” (TOF) has warned farmers that the poor maize harvest this year, due to prolonged droughts associated with climate change, also affects the production of feed for their animals.

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Pastoralists in Africa under pressure

In the latest printed Biovision newsletter we describe, how camels help the population to become more resistant against droughts. Further stories and background information can be found in newsletter No 46.

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Overshoot Day: Today, we have already consumed more resources than the Earth can renew in a whole year

2nd August – six days earlier than in 2016 – was the day on which humans had already consumed the Earth’s naturally sustainable resources for the entire year. In other words, we are consuming resources much faster than the Earth can regenerate them. For the rest of the year we are living on credit - at the expense of future generations.

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A long route to water

Even idyllic locations are not without their daily problems. The seedlings growing at the Forest School in Mpigi, Uganda need more water but it’s a long way to the nearest source.

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SAT wins prize for its Innovation Platform

Our partner "Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania" (SAT) has been awarded the "Lush Spring Prize 2017" in the “Established Projects” category. The award - worth £25,000 (CHF 30,000) - will allow SAT to expand its successful and inspiring work.

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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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