Projects: International

Changing Course in Global Agriculture

Implementation of Sustainable Agriculture at Policy Level

Today, almost one billion people are suffering from malnutrition and 70% of the poor in developing countries live in rural areas. This is largely attributed to unsustainable agricultural and environmental practices, a weak nexus between science and policies as well as incoherent national policies. As recommended by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD, 2008) and confirmed by the World Development Report (WB, 2008), hunger and poverty can most efficiently be addressed with the support for the sustainable ecological agricultural sector and a focus on smallholder agriculture with locally adapted cultivation methods. Sustainable agriculture is less input intensive and therefore more accessible for resource-limited rural people and has therefore a high potential for improving the livelihoods of a large group of rural poor and particularly women.

Our project aims to strengthen the policy support for sustainable agriculture at national, regional and global levels. It implements three core activity lines on policy coherence, governance, and civil society strengthening. In three countries in Sub-Saharan Africa – Senegal, Kenya and Ethiopia - the project will support the authorities in defining policies and agricultural strategies that allow for effective, comprehensive and long-term planning of sustainable agricultural development. At the same time the project aims to get to the point where the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will also be able to facilitate such national assessments for other countries and provide a platform for the exchange of experiences and the development of best practices. Through the work on the development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the project aims to influence global policies in order to enable a transformation to sustainable agriculture and food security.

Biovision Foundation has obtained the ECOSOC general consultative status in summer 2012. The status is a landmark in the life of our organisation and it has since brought important opportunities to collaborate on issues close to our and the ECOSOC’s mandate and heart. For instance, the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs chose Biovision to deliver an oral statement at the ECOSOC Substantive Session on "Economic and environmental questions: Sustainable development" in July 2013. Since then, we have further been enabled to participate in important fora involved with or reporting to ECOSOC.

In the framework of the post-2015 development agenda, the general consultative status has greatly helped Biovision to actively participate in the work of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, currently ongoing in New York, as well as in attending important debates related to the post-2015 development agenda, such as the high-level events and thematic debates convened by the President of the United Nations General Assembly. Background for consultative status...

High Level Round Table in New York 27th March 2014

Facts & Figures on Sustainable Agriculture (PDF)


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BV IS-10


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Video Statements

David Nabarro (Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition) Text Video Statement (PDF)


Oliver de Schutter (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food)