Climate change is global

Biovision Spring Event 2019: The consequences of climate change are increasingly being felt. Once again, the poorest in the global South are existentially affected. But Switzerland is also challenged!

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Protecting Kenya’s agriculture from climate change

To protect against negative consequences of climate change, Biovision and its partners are launching a platform in Kenya for integrated solutions for agriculture.

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SDSN Switzerland Assembly 2019

Members and partners met in Bern end of January to discuss how we as a community of researchers and practitioners can collectively work together on meaningful solutions to achieve the SDGs in Switzerland in 2030.

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Good examples make a difference

Charlotte Pavageau from the Political Dialogue & Advocacy team shares her impressions and experiences during the 2nd Global Conference of the "One Planet Network" Sustainable Food Systems Programme held in Costa Rica at the beginning of February.

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One-on-one adivce for farmers in Kenya

The Biovision Africa Trust stand at the agricultural fair in Machakos Town gives authoritative answers to the trickiest of questions.

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Biovision Africa takes lead for Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture

Organic farming in East Africa receives even more support: our sister organisation Biovision Africa Trust was awarded the contract by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to set up a Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture.

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First the soap, then the school.

At first glance the soap production and the forest school do not have much in common. But the soap improves hygiene in the village, health and interest in the village group. Whoever joins it soon learns about the forest school in Mpigi and the opportunities for further education there.

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Agriculture: Offender and Victim

A hot summer, discussions at the WEF in Davos or student strikes: everyone is talking about climate change and it is widely acknowledged today as an immense challenge. Biovision is looking for solutions in the field of agriculture. The focus is on agroecology.

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From Darkness to Light

Ten minutes before eleven o’clock, Tausi Maginila and her companion Madogo Issa arrived at the market in Mkujuni – far too late to buy vegetables. That didn’t bother the Tanzanian farmers, who had arrived for a photo shoot.

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Agroecology Infopool Website

Near the end of 2018, Biovision’s Policy and Advocacy Team launched the Agroecology Infopool Website. The platform combines current knowledge with exemplary methods and projects from the field of agroecology and serves as a reference hub to set the foundation for a common understanding of what agroecology can and should be.

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The Lopus family and honey

In spite of their success, Mrs. and Mr. Lopus continue to live a simple life in the bush and to work with care. They invest the profits from the lucrative honey business carefully. They provide all children with a complete education - also the girls.

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Start Fair Traders: February 14, 2019

How can fair working conditions and organic production be combined with the cost pressure of a free market economy? "Fair Traders" shows the story of three protagonists with three successful approaches: Production of organic cotton in Tanzania and India, organic farm with village shop in Switzerland and production of zero waste clothes in Germany.

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Talking not fighting

Land is in short supply in Tanzania. Settlements continue to grow; the smallholders have little land and the Maasai and their herds are increasingly reaching their limits. The result is armed conflict.

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Real help

The real success of a project is not clear until it has been concluded. We put that statement to the test when we visited “Cabesi” four years after the end of the project. What did the Biovision commitment achieve in West Pokot?

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Training to a high level

20 years Biovision highlights. 2017 - In Tanzania, the Training Centre for agro-ecology is now a destination of choice, benefiting farmers and like-minded organisations.

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Here we go!

See 144 seconds of highlights from the videos with Sarah Wiener, Patrick Rohr, Vandana Shiva, Bertrand Piccard, Franz Hohler and many more, who congratulated Biovision on "20 years of real help" in 2018.

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Biovision approach validated

20 years Biovision highlights. 2016 - The long-term study in Kenya by FiBL, the Research Institute of Organic Study has shown that organic farming methods can achieve comparable yields to conventional methods. It can also increase the incomes of farmers in the longer term.

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Final spurt for the Sustainable Development Goals

20 years Biovision highlights. 2015 - Biovision helps shape the change towards sustainable development in accordance with the UN's Agenda 2030. Through intensive lobbying, Biovision succeeded in placing agroecology in the UN's global sustainable development goals (SDG 2, No Hunger). The journey was long and intense. By 2015 Biovision had almost reached its goal.

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Climate Change: Complex Challenges for Agriculture

Lack of water, scorched hay fields and fire bans: Liechtenstein* suffered from heat waves and drought last summer. But what do the weather extremes mean for farmers in the Global South? How can they address these complex challenges?

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Reviving traditional knowledge

20 years Biovision highlights. 2014 - in the Tharaka Plain, east of Mount Kenya, communities face ever more frequent droughts. As part of their response to this threat, they are building on knowledge handed down from their forefathers and growing traditional, native varieties – with success.

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“Everything is huge here”

What did Kenyan organic farmer Margaret Karanja discover when she visited a biodynamic farm in Switzerland? We accompanied Margaret on a tour of the organic operations run by the Fintan Foundation in Rheinau.

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Rio+20: We keep going!

20 years Biovision highlights. 2012 - At its annual conference in Rome, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) took initial steps towards implementing the mandate it was given at the Rio+20 conference. Biovision was well represented at the talks. We are now seeking to ensure that the decisions taken at Rio are not watered down.

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National Councillor Maya Graf (BL) elected to Biovision Board

Maya Graf, Green National Councillor for Basel Land and an organic farmer has been elected to the Biovision Foundation Board. The election of Maya Graf provides us with the services of a highly qualified, well-connected and committed colleague,” said Biovision President Dr Hans Rudolf Herren with obvious pleasure.

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Camels not cattle

20 years Biovision highlights: Since 2011, Biovision has been promoting camels as livestock. They require very little water or extra nutrition. This guarantees food and income success for Kenya’s shepherds.

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Symposium 2018: The Awakening has Begun

At the Anniversary Symposium, Biovision reflected on 20 years of real help. The pioneers took a journey into its past with over 1,000 guests in Zurich’s fully-booked Volkshaus.

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