Over the past 20 years we have accomplished a lot and also increased our knowledge
Dear donators and partners
Over the past 20 years we have accomplished a lot and also increased our knowledge. We started with an idea, a vision and the support of a small group of like-minded people. Since then, Biovision offers help for self-help, brings ecological solutions from the laboratory to the farmers, promotes the exchange of knowledge and contributes to a sustainable development – in Africa and also in the Global North.
Our first projects were aimed at improving the livelihood of small farmers in East Africa sustainably. Our vision of a fairer world, without hunger and poverty, with healthy people in a healthy environment, remains the focus of our activities. With the cooperation with scientists and farmers we were able to develop important insights further. Today, Biovision has strong cooperations – in Africa and in a global context – which we use systematically to help solutions for a sustainable development to break through.
Worldwide there are more than 500 million smallholder farms which already feed 70 % of the world’s population and could certainly nourish the growing population with methods of ecological farming. This was shown by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) in 2009, at which I was strongly involved and with many well-founded studies. Agriculture must rebuild our soils, treat forests and other valuable ecosystems with care and slow down climate change instead of increasing it – but all this requires compliance with the necessary requirements. This includes better training for smallholders, a new direction for research in agriculture and the political will to support a change in course towards sustainability financially. That’s what we are working on, on different levels.
The big challenges in fighting hunger and poverty are closely connected with global themes such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, inequality, planetary borders, and our ecological footprint. That’s why we all have to work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations by 2030. Biovision is a pioneer with a substantial input to this agenda and works hard to ensure the realisation of the SDGs. If this could be realised, then our world would get very close to my visions.
What we have achieved so far is the result of a generous support by our donors. On the basis of proven cooperations and with innovative approaches we are happy to tackle the next ten years. I would like to thank everyone who has accompanied and supported us on the way to a promising future for all.
Hans Rudolf Herren