“Be prepared to get your hands dirty”

From the desk to the field: students at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, were able to experience first-hand what it means to do agriculture sustainably. The agroecology and agrobiodiversity training course (AATC), co-financed by Biovision, provides insight into the practical implementation of a sustainable food system.

 

Participants of AATC 2021 learn how to make good compost. ©Felix Odhiambo, 2021, Kenya

Prepared by Laura Angelstorf, Online communication, videos and pictures by Felix Odhiambo

Diverse food without artificial fertilizers and pesticides

Ann Wakabe, a student in nutrition at the University of Nairobi, is thrilled. She now knows how to produce a wide variety of food without using artificial fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. “Be ready to get your hands dirty!” she advises upcoming course participants.

 

Dialogue and exchange: important foundations for successful research

The course has also helped Esther Wangari personally. It has helped her learn how to pose her research questions to farmers in a self-confident and targeted way. Exchange between researchers and farmers is at the heart of Biovision’s work. A sustainable food system can only be achieved when science provides concrete solutions to problems and when laboratory findings are applied in the field.

 

Towards a climate-friendly agriculture

Felix Odhiambo studied pasture management at the University of Nairobi. He is convinced that agricultural practices that harm the climate must be relegated to the past. He sees agroecology as an effective alternative to the current system. Samuel Diba is convinced that agroecology also works cost-effectively and thus makes economic and ecological sense.