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Strengthening food systems transformation through agroecology

Join us for this interactive session on the 27th of July!

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“The agroecological approach is essential.”

Since its foundation 10 years ago, SAT has been able to enthuse thousands of farmers about the benefits of agroecological agriculture. In 2020, the ancillary social enterprise SAT Holistic Group created a market for women agroecological producers. In this interview, Alexander Wostry revealed the recipe behind SAT’s success. 


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Welcome to the Biovision foundation board!

Former Biovision Programme Officer Shruti Patel was elected to the Foundation Board at the end of June. In her new role, she will continue to support Biovision’s work and put first-class scientific research into practice.


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"I was living like a slave"

During a project visit, Biovision reporter Peter Lüthi meets Erepina Mutasa, whose life story is moving. Already as a teenager, she had to drop out of school and earn money as a maid in the city.

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How agroecology can help food systems be more climate-resilient

Global food security is increasingly under threat. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how vulnerable our food supply chains are. In the medium term, however, a changing climate, together with dramatic biodiversity loss, is the much bigger challenge.

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The tomato leaf miner – a nightmare for farmers in Kenya and Switzerland

The tomato leaf miner moth "Tuta absoluta", which originates from South America, became a nightmare for tomato producers worldwide within a few years. Luckily today, there are effective organic methods of pest control, as a visit to the tomato canton in Switzerland shows.

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A good reason to celebrate!

What started small 10 years ago has become a very big deal: Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), Biovision’s longstanding partner organization, was granted the prestigious One World Award. We are delighted for the international recognition of our friends in Morogoro – and also proud.

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Sealing Houses Massively Reduces the Risk of Malaria

As part of the “Stop Malaria” project, Biovision and its partner organization icipe tested a new method for malaria prevention. The method proves to be extremely successful.

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Wasps Save Africa’s Maize Harvests

The fall armyworm has spread across the African continent at an incredible pace and robbed millions of farmers of their livelihoods. Synthetic pesticides have proven to be ineffective, but rescue is now in sight: Biovision’s partner organization icipe has found an ecological solution to the plague this pest has created.

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Organic in East Africa: A sleeping giant?

More and more people in Africa want healthy, pesticide-free food. Observers see great growth potential for the African organic market - not only for exports.

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Biovision Strategy 2021–2024

Here's our strategy, which includes the vision, objectives, mission as well as fields of action and alliances of the Biovision Foundation for the next four years.

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Sustainable apples for French-speaking Switzerland

French-speaking Switzerland aims to limit the use of synthetic pesticides in arboriculture. With great success!

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How the dispute over a pesticide got the organic movement rolling

Two popular initiatives in Switzerland being put to the vote in June call for a move away from synthetic pesticides. The controversy surrounding a pesticide in the 1940s was the starting point of the organic movement.

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“Syngenta sells pesticides in Kenya that are banned in our country”

Silke Bollmohr, an ecotoxicologist and agricultural advisor in East Africa, investigated the spread of highly hazardous pesticides in Kenya on behalf of local NGOs. The results startled politicians and the population – and triggered a movement.

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Womens Day 2021

Portrait: Dr Samira Mohamed is a researcher at icipe in Nairobi. At first she didn't understand a word she was saying at university - today she is an award-winning scientist.

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"Large supplies of vaccine doses come at the expense of poorer countries"

Simon Gottwalt, Biovision programme officer for health, is calling for more solidarity. And warning that if we forget Africa when we vaccinate, it will ultimately affect us.

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"Take action and be an example for others!"

Organic farmer and natural chef Rebecca Clopath on paths to more sustainable agriculture and the role food can play as a sensory experience.

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"Switzerland buys itself good sustainability scores at the expense of other countries"

Carole Küng, co-director of the "SDSN", calls for increased Swiss commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Covid-19 in Africa: the situation is coming to a head

The second wave of coronavirus is currently hitting the people of sub-Saharan Africa with full force – including in the Biovision project countries in the eastern part of the continent.

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Governments must lead the charge in agroecology

Hundreds of financial institutions have pledged support for sustainable development and efforts around climate change and biodiversity. In reality, however, only a tiny proportion of their agridevelopment investment is currently targeted at sustainable food systems.

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ITCOA has more than inspired

The successful seminar on organic farming (ITCOA) could also take place in 2020. We asked the participant Dendry a few questions about the ITCOA seminar, which the young woman gladly answered.

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Idealists out in the field

The vegetable cooperative "Pura Verdura" runs one hectare of land on the outskirts of Zurich with the model of Solidarity Farming (Solawi). We visited Rahel Fuchs, gardener in the cooperative, to ask her how well the model works.

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Our soil is alive!

Just under 200 participants in the Citizen Science Sounding Soil project listened to the soil in 2020 – and made some exciting discoveries.

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Honey flows despite unrest, Corona and locusts

2020 was a hard year for the participants of the Biovision project “Bees for Young Entrepreneurs” in Dehana, Ethiopia. But those responsible on the ground have managed to keep the successful project on track.

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How awareness raising works

Biovision and the Centre Ecologique Albert Schweitzer (CEAS) have agreed to form a strategic partnership from 2021 onwards. Raising awareness is an important area in both organisations. What does this mean?

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