Protect biodiversity: Now!

Today is “International Day for Biodiversity”; this is an opportunity to draw attention to the importance of biodiversity and the risks posed by the continued loss of species. We also want to demonstrate that each of us can help maintain it. Consistent with this, the Biovision Spring Event in Bern on Wednesday of this week will focus on biodiversity.

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We are both farmers and entrepreneurs

The story of Thomas Mmasi provides an insight into our project to protect biodiversity in the Kakamega Rainforest Reserve. If you would like to know more, find out at first hand at our Spring Event on 24 May in Bern.

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International Day of Families: Photos from the Camel Project

Today is the International Day of Families and so a good opportunity to look at Biovision’s work supporting small-scale farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Mega-mergers: can we still control agri-businesses?

Syngenta to be absorbed by ChemChina; Bayer to acquire Monsanto and Dow Chemical to merge with Du Pont. These three new giants will control 71% of the global pesticide market and 61% of the seed market. Does that represent a threat to farmers, food security and the environment? Governments can choose to intervene – but only if they are given a nudge!

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Kick-off meeting for a sustainable Switzerland

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) - an initiative initiated by the previous UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012 - appointed the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) at the University of Bern, and Biovision Foundation as the co-hosts for a SDSN branch in Switzerland. The kickoff meeting took place on Friday, 5 May 2017, in Bern - bringing together around 40 representatives from the Swiss research and science community, government, business and civil society.

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Hans Herren’s Visions now available in English

Hans Herren’s book “How to Nourish the World” is now available in English. His visions on ending hunger and poverty on our planet are very inspirational and underlined with descriptions of Biovision’s practical projects in East Africa.

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New pest is spreading across Africa

The fall armyworm is a new pest that is spreading across Africa and destroys maize and other crops. The invasive pest is native to North and South America and is not easy to control.

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Research gaps filled

The results of recent research from two of the projects funded by Biovision have just been published. Not only do they fill important gaps but are also highly relevant to sustainable development.

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Success with IVM

On 25th April is World Malaria Day. Every year, almost 500,000 people still die from the tropical disease. For more than 10 years, Biovision has been working in East Africa on environmentally-friendly, sustainable malaria prevention – with success.

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Damning legal opinion on Monsanto

The five judges of the Monsanto Tribunal have presented their verdict on the agro-business. In addition to harsh words for the “accused”, they have also questioned the international legal situation.

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Improved market access helps reduce poverty

Alexander Wostry from our partner Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) presented the work of his organisation to Biovision and provided an insight into current projects and future challenges.

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Kenya hosts the first All Africa Post Harvest Congress

Some 600 delegates met in Nairobi this week for the first ever All Africa Post-Harvest Congress aimed at seeking solutions to reduce food waste and losses in the world’s poorest continent.

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Infonet Project to cooperate with OACK

The Organic Agriculture Centre of Kenya (OACK) is seeking support from the Infonet Project to optimise its training materials and services on animal health and welfare for farmers around Kangari town of Muranga county in Kenya

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First Fruit fly bait production facility launched in Kenya

A facility to commercially produce a protein bait known as Fruitfly Mania™ for the control of fruit flies has been launched in Kenya yesterday. Fruit flies cause damage to agricultural products of up to US$ 2 billion in Africa every year.

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“Water means everything to me”

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.

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Training people instead of clearing forests

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.

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Sustainable from farm to fork

A sustainable food system in Switzerland from farm to fork – the aim of Biovision and also “Agrarallianz”: It is logical, therefore, that Biovision should join the advocacy group Agrarallianz.

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Enough food without chemicals – it’s easy

Chemical pesticides to combat global hunger? If you believe the agro-industry, they are absolutely vital but according to UN experts, that’s a myth and it is high time we overturned it.

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Interesting facts about mangoes

The latest edition of the farmer magazine “The Organic Farmer” has two interesting articles on an important tropical fruit: the mango.

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SDC-Director Manuel Sager visits organic research projects in Kenya

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.

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