Development is based on knowledge. Since its foundation in the year 1998, Biovision has been supporting initiatives that make traditional knowledge and current know-how available to a broader audience and ensure its application for sustainable development.
In Africa more than 80% of the total population is engaged in agriculture. To improve the livelihoods for the rural and marginalized people, efforts should thus focus on sustainably increasing agricultural yields.
Traditionally, farmer knowledge and experience are transmitted from parents to their children. In the ever-changing context in Africa today, this is not sufficient anymore to solve the most pressing problems. The scarcity of available fertile soils and the impact of climate change for example demand improved agricultural techniques and the necessary knowledge to apply them.
Knowledge is key to development
Modern, scientifically supported, ecological production methods are still not widely used in Africa. Biovision provides concrete examples of success with its grassroots projects. Farmers and high-level decision makers both should be sensitised so that successful, organic solutions can be passed on and disseminated further. In addition, Biovision supports knowledge dissemination independent of the media and the communication of practice-oriented information through various media channels.
Relevant and up-to-date information for African farmers
With up 3 ½ million small farmers in Kenya able to hear farmer radio plus the 250,000 Kenyan and 60,000 Tanzanian farmers who read the monthly TOF and MkM farmer magazines, the dissemination of information on ecological solutions has been an unrivalled success. In addition, the Infonet website has a global audience and numbers are increasing all the time. In 2014, there were a total of 533,000 visits of which 127,700 were from Africa.