Annual Report 2018
Our jubilee year was a record year. We invested more resources in projects and partners than ever before. Similarly, the number of Biovision members who regularly support our work reached an alltime high, which in turn strengthened our independence and stability.
Knowledge creates food
Several projects reached important milestones: The spread of the ecological push-pull cultivation method for maize and sorghum proceeds apace and it is now being used in eleven countries. As a result of the pioneering cooperation between funders, local NGOs and research bodies, our partner Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) is developing the largest training centre in organic farming in Tanzania. In Ethiopia, the long-term development of the beekeeping centre for the training of young beekeepers bore fruit in two ways: The pilot project implemented by our partner icipe embedded knowledge in local communities. The project was also copied in five additional regions, which created work and income for 10,000 young people.
Partnerships for the future
South-South dialogue for the systematic exchange of information and cooperation between Biovision partners in Africa is essential if our projects are to have a sustainable effect. A highlight here was the partnership seminar in Kenya attended by some 50 delegates from our five priority countries and Switzerland (see page 18). Increasingly, our sister organisation Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) has primary responsibility for the exchange of knowledge and the development of sustainable networks in sub-Saharan Africa. With its head office in Nairobi and project partners in eight countries in East and West Africa, BvAT is well established in the region as an independent, African non-governmental organisation.
Coherent priority programmes add value
We allocate 60% of our resources to projects in Africa that enable self-help (see Projects 1 + 2). In 12 countries, we facilitate the spread of ecological methods that improve health and food security and at the same time protect biodiversity. In this way, we strengthen the availability of new knowledge at the local level and demonstrate concrete solutions.
Some 11% of our project resources are dedicated to changing the course of global agriculture. As part of the international discourse on climate change, food security and loss of biodiversity, Biovision advocates agroecological solutions at important global negotiations (see pages 12–14). In this respect, the UN Agenda 2030 is a landmark framework to which Biovision is making a contribution.
We allocate 29% of our project resources to the promotion of and call for responsible behaviour in Switzerland. Through education and advocacy, we disseminate practical knowledge on the main issues relating to sustainable consumption and the protection of soil fertility as a central prerequisite for sustainable food security. In order to further the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we are working with CDE at the University of Bern to develop the Swiss chapter of the global network SDSN (see pages 15–17). SDSN Switzerland is housed at the Biovision head office and already includes 32 member organisations.
1998 – 2018: “20 years of real help”
During our jubilee year, we, together with partners, donors and staff, looked back at our achievements and the highlights of “20 years of real help”. Selected examples can be found in our new annual report.