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.
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.
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!
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.