News

09.11.2018

“Big problems are being addressed on a small scale.”

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.

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16.09.2018

Organic farmer Lucy Muigai: The January picture in the Biovision calendar

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.

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06.09.2018

Biovision Symposium

"20 years real help" - Our anniversary Symposium will take place on November 17, 2018 in the Volkshaus Zurich from 2 pm to 5 pm. Sign up now!

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27.08.2018

Working together to preserve resources

Farmers from Dunduni, village in the Tharaka lowlands of Kenya want to preserve the trees on Ntugi Hill that are threatened by overexploitation.

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17.08.2018

“My life has changed so much”

Nixon Onyimbo from Samia in Western Kenya is a champion of the environment both at work and at home: He inspires his fellow villagers and even his own children.

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10.08.2018

With two goats into the future

What have two goats to do with a 20 cubic metre rainwater tank? And how does SILVR+ contribute to a brighter future? Our latest story from rural Siraro in Ethiopia provides the answers.

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09.08.2018

Infonet for farmers: Far better than Google

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.

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06.08.2018

A fruitful cooperation in West-Kenya

To spread knowledge about healthy, varied nutrition in Vihiga County (Western Kenya), Biovision works closely with Bioversity International - and successfully. Many milestones have been reached and future projects also seem very promising.

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26.07.2018

Protection through entrepreneurship for Kenya's last rainforest

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.

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23.07.2018

Working together to accelerate agro-ecological development

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

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18.07.2018

He who laughs last...

“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.

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12.07.2018

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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09.07.2018

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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03.07.2018

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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29.06.2018

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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22.06.2018

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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20.06.2018

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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20.06.2018

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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15.06.2018

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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13.06.2018

“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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12.06.2018

"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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05.06.2018

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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04.06.2018

“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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03.06.2018

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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02.06.2018

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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