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.
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).
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.
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.