As people around the globe marked the World Water Day on March 22, school pupils of a primary school in Kenya held a debate revolving around a persistent drought crisis and life-threatening food shortages threatening millions across East and Horn of Africa.
Today is the International Day of Forests. We have to cherish the immense value of the biodiversity of forests and protect it. That is why the handling with our treasure of nature and the training of people are at the centre of our forest projects. In our latest print newsletter 44, our project in Kakamega rainforest shows how nature can be preserved, while people living around it can still generate an income.
The Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Manuel Sager, visited the long-term study site SysCom in Kenya at the end of February and spoke very positively about organic agriculture.
A long-term study in Bolivia comparing different cacao production systems shows that in addition to enhancing biodiversity as well as farmers’ food security and nutrition, agroforestry systems and organic management may also be more profitable than full-sun monocultures and conventional management in young cacao plantations. The study was carried out by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in cooperation with partners in Bolivia.
The annual meeting of the Swiss Society of Agronomy (SSA) on February 16 at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) was devoted to the topic of plant production for the animal nutrition of the future. Options for more efficient and thus more sustainably structured livestock feeding were discussed.
It is quite possible that our Valentine's Day roses were cultivated far away, perhaps in Ethiopia, where greenhouses are proliferating. But despite the growing floriculture industry of cultivated flowers in Ethiopia, one intrepid young man is not using roses to woo his fiancé, but bees.
The demand for organic food is continuing to grow worldwide, more farmers are producing organically and organically cultivated land is expanding. These are the results of the latest edition of the study “The World of Organic Agriculture” with figures from 179 countries.
Lauding hors-sol, or above ground cultivation, as the solution to feeding the world misses the point. This intensive form of food production is not only costly but also unsustainable, due to its often-considerable energy requirements. Compared to organic farming, hors-sol is sorely lacking as a solution to world hunger.
The Farmer Communication Programme (FCP) has been running since 2005 – and has been a great success. With its multimedia transmission of information, the FCP ensures a continual exchange of knowledge and experience. Below we introduce eight areas where the project supported by Biovision has had a significant impact.
The Swiss committee for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations committee (CNS-FAO) has drafted a paper with ideas and recommendations for steps towards a sustainable agricultural and food system.
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.
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.