Organic farming in East Africa receives even more support: our sister organisation Biovision Africa Trust was awarded the contract by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to set up a Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture.
Andreas Schriber, CEO Biovision
A major success for our sister organisation in Kenya; the Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT): The Trust, which was set up by Biovision and is led by its director David Amudavi, has been commissioned by GIZ, the German corporation for international cooperation to set up a Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in Eastern Africa (news report).
“This will add value to the existing Biovision Farmer Communication Programme, established more than 10 years ago and which saw the introduction of a magazine for farmers “The Organic Farmer,” said Amudavi welcoming the announcement. The Biovision Farmer Communication Programme (FCP) is a multi-media package of measures that disseminates information in print format, on the radio and the Internet as well as providing personal advice to local farmers.
With the support from Germany we can provide even more smallholders with practical knowledge on ecological methods of food production and land use. The new programme strengthens and supplements the implementation of concrete self-help projects in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ruanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The Hub will be located in Uganda and managed by the Biovision Africa Trust in Nairobi in cooperation with partners such as FiBL (the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture), IFOAM (Organics International) and CIAT (the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture) and is being funded by BMZ, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. BvAT won the contract in the face of stiff competition from recognised development organisations. Its award is a great honour and recognises the expertise of our sister organisation in Kenya.