He who laughs last...

“It was a huge problem,” recalls James Gichovi from Kimangaru (Kenya); he is referring to the hordes 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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Diversity as opportunity

For the last two years, the fall armyworm has been on the march through the fields of Africa, not only decimating harvests but triggering a general discussion on how to deal with invasive species.

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How Switzerland can achieve its Agenda 2030 objectives

What action must be taken now to ensure that Switzerland makes a substantial contribution to the global Sustainable Development Goals? The report published by the Swiss Federal Council on 20th June was a disappointment from start to finish. In contrast, the report by Platform Agenda 2030, a group of organisations from civil society has shown how it can be done.

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How Sister Ann became an organic farmer

Sister Ann used to manage the reception desk at the guest house run by the Benedictine Community in the Mbale District of Eastern Uganda - that was until she met a group of Push-Pull farmers. Then, her working life changed fundamentally...

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Knowledge is like a homemade soup

The dissemination of knowledge on innovative agricultural practices lies at the heart of many Biovision projects, including Kenya; here farming families and others are learning how to make biologically-based pesticides. One of the farmers attending the courses was Eunice Wayu.

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Sustainability for all

We can all make a contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals if we shop fairly and sustainably! Biovision shows us how.

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Federal Council (still) failing to recognise the potential of the Agenda 2030

Biovision is disappointed by today’s report of the Swiss Federal Council on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. There is still no conclusive evidence that the Government intends to pursue a genuine sustainability policy. The Federal Council has not only failed to identify clearly the challenges faced by Switzerland as it moves towards a sustainable future but it has also failed to recognise the opportunities for business, research and society that the Agenda 2030...

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Then and now

Some 12 years ago, Biovision concluded a project in Ethiopia that controlled the tsetse fly and deadly sleeping sickness affecting livestock used biological methods. What has happened since then?

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“I always had a concern for the wellbeing of my fellow humans”

He changed from medicine to agro-science, researched leguminous plants and got the ministry for agriculture and Senegalese small-holders together: For Biovision, Alain Mbaye is a partner, a door opener and the person who does the right thing at the right time at the right place.

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"The benefit must be visible"

Every week, our blogger Daria Lehmann, currently in Kenya, meets people with exciting stories. This week, Rose Marubu tells her about the challenges of development cooperation in practice.

(Blog in German)

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Annual Report 2017

Last year was a record year for Biovision. Never before have so many funds been invested in our projects. In the activity report, we look back over the past year and provide transparent information on the source and use of funds. You can find the Annual Report online or order it in printed form.

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“Our ideas fell on fertile ground”

Andi Schriber looks back on 20 years of real help. At the start, we also had problems to overcome. In an interview, the CEO looks forward to future challenges and reveals the secret to Biovision’s successful development.

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Greeting from the Founder and President

Over the past 20 years we have accomplished a lot and also increased our knowledge. I would like to thank everyone who has accompanied and supported us on the way to a promising future for all.

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Biovision active in the global dialogue

Since 2010, the Political Dialogue and Advocacy team at Biovision has been active on the political stage, as this is where the strategic decisions on sustainable food security are taken. The success of Biovision in shaping the International Assessment of Agriculture Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, Rio + 20 and Agenda 2030 clearly demonstrates the need for lobbying on agro-ecological issues.

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Real help in Tolay

Good health is our greatest asset. It is crucial not just for individual well-being but also for a country’s workforce and its overall prosperity. This was clear from the results of a pilot project from 2006–2017 involving Biovision, icipe (International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya) and affected communities in the Ethiopian district of Tolay.

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Biovision was founded in Zurich on 3 June 1998 by Hans Rudolf Herren, Andreas Schriber, Mathis Zimmermann and Jürg Weber. Their vision: a world with enough healthy food for all, produced by healthy people in a healthy environment.

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Bees – simply irreplaceable

Today is the first ever World Bee Day. Bees pollinate up to 80% of all plants and so are amongst the most important working animals in agriculture. In addition, bees produce honey, a healthy food that improves the diet of smallholders and their families in sub-Saharan Africa and increases incomes.

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Stop land degradation: Time is short

Our soils continue to deteriorate. A recent study revealed that two-fifths of humans are already affected by land degradation, which means they are no longer able to benefit from eco-system services or the fertility of soils. There are, however, still grounds for hope.

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Prominent support

Biovision ambassador and orienteering world champion Simone Niggli has been with us for 10 years now. We would like to thank her very much and look back on her project trip in 2007 with a picture gallery.

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Josephine Ithiru and her Toggenburger Goats

The seventy year old farmer Josephine Ithiru from Chuka (Kenya) participates in a scientific long-term study. Organic and conventional cultivation methods are being compared

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Mosquito doctors in Malindi

Today is World Malaria Day. Using simple but sustainable methods, people in the Kenyan coastal city of Malindi have reduced the number of malaria cases by 60%. Biovision is supporting sustainable and ecological methods to fight the disease e.g. with mosquito scouts.

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Hunger rises despite UN’s Zero Hunger Goal

The latest figures highlight the gravity of the situation just last year alone when some 124 million people in 51 countries faced acute food insecurity — 11 million more than in 2016.

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Small gesture – big impact

Our Newsletter caused great excitement in Boji when two Biovision project staff showed local people the report on the first phase of the project “Camels for drought areas”. The camel owners were thrilled to see photos of family members not seen for a long time.

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“Many friends are better than one love”

Last year Musdalafa Lyaga from Biovision Africa Trust won a film award in Milan. Here you get to know him as a passionate radio producer.

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