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