Biovision fights environmental poison

20 years Biovision highlights. 2009 - Although using DDT was already banned in many countries in the 1970s, it continues to be used in agriculture and to combat malaria. In 2009, Biovision campaigned for alternatives to DDT at an international conference.

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Help is a mouse click away

20 years Biovision highlights. 2007 - East African farmers have long sought help for agricultural problems. Now they can find it in the "Infonet", a kind of Wikipedia for farmers. But how does this work in places that lack access to digital technology?

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Stop Malaria

20 years Biovision highlights. 2006 - For decades, malaria was the most common cause of death in the coastal town of Malindi in Kenya. Suddenly, the town had far fewer mosquitoes and so fewer cases of the disease. For Dr Anisa Omar, the reason was clear: behind the success was a Biovision pilot project.

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What proliferates the more it is shared?

The locks from the dam in the Uluguru Mountains in Tanzania were opened at the end of 2013. Torrential rain ripped plants and soil from their steep slopes and left behind a wake of destruction. In the Towelo region, few arable crops were able to survive the downpour. They had one thing in common, though: they were all planted on terraces.

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Sounding Soil – Listening to the soil

How does it sound under the ground in Switzerland? At the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Sounding Soil was presented, which enables the public to experience sounds in the soil. The installation can still be seen in Bern until 25 November 2018. Sounding Soil is a multi-year campaign to raise awareness of soil issues.

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Food security through knowledge

Far too little rain, depleted soils and on top of that hordes of pests decimating their harvests and threatening the food security of East African smallholders and their families. The Biovision “Infonet” provides them with the necessary knowledge and gives them the chance to produce enough food for themselves. World Food Day is on 16 October.

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Changing course is essential if we are to tackle climate change

How can the 1.5 °C goal still be reached? The CLARA report, to which Biovision also contributed, shows how make the shift.

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New farmer magazine in Kenya

20 years Biovision highlights. 2005 - Biovision funds the farmer magazine “The Organic Farmer” in Kenya. The magazine, published officially by ICIPE in Nairobi, was started by Peter Baumgartner, former Africa correspondent of the Tages-Anzeiger in Zurich. The magazine has been enthusiastically received, as Peter reports.

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Genf nimmt sich der Agenda 2030 an

Die «Fédération genevoise de coopération», die UNO, die Universität Genf und Biovision überlegen gemeinsam: Wie kann unsere Gesellschaft den Wandel zu einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung beschleunigen?

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Bee-keeping as a chance for orphans

20 years Biovision highlights. 2004: An orphanage in Kenya needs funding and so has been looking at new sources of income. It has opted for beekeeping. The work by Biovision goes even further and extends to preventive health care and a sound professional future for the boys and girls.

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Improvisation is everything!

A waste sorting plant in a small Kenyan village? During my trip to Boji, a remote village of 700 people, I was amazed to come across a large heap of rubbish. I am actually here to report on the project “Camels for drought areas” but the waste mountain sparks my interest.

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On the trail of the Malaria mosquito

20 years Biovision highlights. 2003: In the highlands of Kenya, malaria is not active all the year round. But after long rainy spells, the disease reappears, killing many people. ICIPE researchers have recently developed a way to prevent this.

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Nach Fair-Food-Nein: Wir bleiben gemeinsam dran!

Obwohl eine Mehrheit der Stimmbevölkerung die Fair-Food-Initiative abgelehnt hat, stösst das Ziel von umweltschonenden und regional produzierten Lebensmitteln weiterhin auf breite Zustimmung. Jetzt sind der Bundesrat und Parlament gefordert, bei fairen Handelsbeziehungen, dem ressourcenschonenden Umgang mit Lebensmitteln und der Verwirklichung eines nachhaltigen Ernährungssystems vorwärts zu machen.

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Organic farmer Lucy Muigai: The January picture in the Biovision calendar

What should small farmers use the grass for when it is scarce: for feeding cattle or producing compost? Lucy Muigai from Central Kenya helped solve this dilemma. Last summer, Patrick Rohr photographed the active organic farmer for the 2019 Biovision calendar.

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“Big problems are being addressed on a small scale.”

Daria Lehmann completed a three-month internship in Kenya in the field of development cooperation. What experiences stood out to her and what does she intend to do now? A conversation with Daria after her return to Switzerland.

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Biovision Symposium

"20 years real help" - Our anniversary Symposium will take place on November 17, 2018 in the Volkshaus Zurich from 2 pm to 5 pm. Sign up now!

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Working together to preserve resources

Farmers from Dunduni, village in the Tharaka lowlands of Kenya want to preserve the trees on Ntugi Hill that are threatened by overexploitation.

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“My life has changed so much”

Nixon Onyimbo from Samia in Western Kenya is a champion of the environment both at work and at home: He inspires his fellow villagers and even his own children.

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With two goats into the future

What have two goats to do with a 20 cubic metre rainwater tank? And how does SILVR+ contribute to a brighter future? Our latest story from rural Siraro in Ethiopia provides the answers.

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Infonet for farmers: Far better than Google

Rose Munde is a “Plant Doctor” from Machakos in Kenya and knows a great deal about plant cultivation, pests and diseases. However, sometimes her knowledge is not enough for a rapid diagnosis and so she always has a comprehensive encyclopaedia in her pocket so that she can find out what she needs to know within seconds.

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A fruitful cooperation in West-Kenya

To spread knowledge about healthy, varied nutrition in Vihiga County (Western Kenya), Biovision works closely with Bioversity International - and successfully. Many milestones have been reached and future projects also seem very promising.

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Protection through entrepreneurship for Kenya's last rainforest

Population growth, deforestation to gain new arable land or the extraction of building timber and firewood endanger the last rainforest in Kenya. An innovative project by icipe and Biovision shows a way out of this dilemma.

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Working together to accelerate agro-ecological development

Biovision has invited its partner organisations to a two-day workshop in Mbita, Kenya, to promote synergies and cooperation.

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He who laughs last...

“It was a huge problem,” recalls James Gichovi from Kimangaru (Kenya); he is referring to a swarm of fruit flies that descended on his mangos. “They were absolutely everywhere – we had no chance” Eventually, he found a way to protect his mangos in a sustainable way.

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A sheep and a new kitchen

Veronica Olesi Arunga is a smallholder living on the edge of the Kakamega Rainforest, the last tropical rainforest in Kenya. The 43-year old lives with her 9 relatives on her own farm. Thanks to the Muliru Farmers Enterprise, an organisation supported by Biovision and others, she has increased her income whilst simultaneously helping to protect the rainforest.

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