“I wish I were a hen …

I wouldn’t have much to do”; that was the refrain sung by the German group, the Comedian Harmonists in the 1930s. The tranquil world of chicken farming as it was almost 100 years ago has long since disappeared and been replaced by intensive factory systems.

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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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Biovision assisting with strategies to combat invasive species in Africa

At the end of February, two experts from Biovision attended an international workshop at icipe in Nairobi, where together with 100 other participants they investigated concrete solutions.

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How can the fall armyworm be stopped?

How can the fall armyworm that rages in the maize fields of Kenya be stopped? There is a significant threat of crop failures and hunger. That is why international experts are looking for solutions at the icipe in Nairobi on 21-22 February. Biovision also has two specialists on site.

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Training farmers in Africa: Why do we do it?

Why is it so important for Biovision to train farmers in Africa? Surely, farmers are the best judge of what they have to do? After all, their current practices are based on knowledge and experience built up over many years and adapted to local conditions.

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”Exploit opportunities for sustainable development now”

How can Switzerland become sustainable in future? 250 decision-makers came together at the conference to launch SDSN Switzerland to develop tangible solutions.

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Organic grows world-wide

57.8 million hectares of organically cultivated land, an increase of 15% within a year, and a turnover of 90 billion dollars – the organic market grows world-wide.

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Tail up …

… but no water for the head! That is an accurate description of the situation currently facing the camel keepers in Isiolo County supported by Biovision. Although the current drought is putting a severe strain on the camels, they withstand it significantly better than other livestock.

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Effective implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals!

Some 250 decision makers will meet in Bern on 15 February in order to drive forward implementation by Switzerland of the global Sustainable Development Goals, The conference is being organised by SDSN Switzerland. The network jointly managed by Biovision and the CDE at the University of Bern.

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Higher yields with soil microbes than with fertilisers

A new study of the Swiss Research Institute for Biological Cultivation (FiBL) and the University of Basel shows that soil microbes can increase yields significantly and much less fertilisers are needed.

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Indonesia: Respect human rights and nature - keep palm oil outside!

In a large coalition of Swiss environmental, human rights, consumer and farmer organisations, Biovision demands in a open letter to Johann Schneider-Amman, Minister for Economic Affairs, to keep palm-oil outside of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) being currently negotiated between Indonesia and Switzerland.

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Fungicides threaten our pollinators!

Fungicides are found to be the strongest factor linked to steep bumblebee declines, surprising scientists and adding to the threats to vital pollinators.

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Seven memorable months in Morogoro

During my seven-month visit, I was able to see for myself the work done by Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) in Morogoro and experience at first hand the daily life of smallholders in Tanzania.

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Only with the right mix of measures can Kenya achieve its Sustainable Development Goals

An analysis by Biovision of various scenarios has shown that even with additional financial resources Kenya is unlikely to achieve its agricultural goals by 2030. However, the right mix of sustainable and medium-term measures would achieve more than conventional strategies as the latter only have a short-term effect.

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Robin Wood in Tanzania

“When I first came here as a settler in 1982, there were lots of trees together with elephants and lions,” recalls Sabinus Ndolu, a farmer in Fulwe (Tanzania). Then, more and more people arrived; the trees disappeared and with them the animals. Now nature is hitting back. There is less and less rain and harvests have plummeted. Sabinus wants to change that.

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A pioneer of late mangoes

Pius Mutia examines the unripe mangoes on one of his trees and then moves on to the next one. On reaching the shade, he stops to listen attentively to the agricultural adviser talking about how to care for fruit trees. Some 20 mango producers are already huddled around the adviser who is gesticulating wildly with his hands. From time to time they all burst out laughing.

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“Life is hard but I do not have a choice”

Story from the life of Mery Nakode, Chumvi Yare, Kenya

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Herders, their herds and hyenas

It is dusk but in a field near Isiolo, the herders are wide awake: Not because they are keen star gazers but because they fear the predators that sneak up under cover of darkness.

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Provocative call for hike in food prices

Food prices need to rise, so farmers can be fairly reimbursed. Then they could lead a decent life without money from subsidies and the money could instead be used to fight hunger in the world.

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December story 3: My favourite food is...

In rural Kenya, it is unusual to ask people about their favourite food. However in Vihiga District in Western Kenya we did just that and received interesting answers.

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Agroecology recognised for the first time by all UN Member States

A milestone for Biovision and a crucial step towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The UN and its 193 Member States have resolved to place greater emphasis on agro-ecological principles in order to encourage globally sustainable food systems.

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Musdalafa Lyaga from BvAT wins film prize

The 8th International Forum on Food and Nutrition has awarded Musdalafa Lyaga from Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) with a prize for his film about the improvements of mango yields in Kenya.

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FOEN publishes study on climate change

FOEN, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment has published a comprehensive study into the risks and opportunities of climate change in Switzerland. One of its main findings is the imminent threat to both agriculture and biodiversity.

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