“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.