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The Biovision Foundation contributes to public opinion on its core topics through the preparation of background information, liaising with scientists and environmental advisers in Africa, generating image material and regular work with the media.

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  • 02.02.2018 Offener Brief an Bundesrat Schneider-Ammann – Handelsabkommen mit Indonesien darf kein Palmöl enthalten: Palmöl muss aus dem Freihandelsabkommen zwischen der Schweiz und Indonesien ausgeschlossen werden. Dies fordern Schweizer Umwelt-, Menschenrechts-, Konsumenten- und Bauernorganisationen in einem offenen Brief an Bundesrat Johann Schneider-Ammann.  Medienmitteilung...
  • Organic beats conventional agriculture in the tropics, Kenya 30.06.2016: A long-term study by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Kenya has shown clearly that organic agriculture not only generates comparable yields, but also produces more income and health benefits for farmers than conventional methods. Media Release...
  • Milestone for an environmentally friendly fight against malaria Geneva, 7. Mai 2015 – The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants agreed on the roadmap initiated by Biovision in 2013 to foster an environmentally friendly fight against insects which pass on malaria and other deadly diseases. Download Media Release (PDF)
  • Globi, the Smart Farmer - An amusing adventure story and entertaining education for both young and old: Zurich, 5 March 2014 - Once again, Globi makes good use of his exceptional communication skills. This time, he learns from nature what’s good for animals, plants and the environment – and so for us humans as well. Armed with this information, he transforms a run-down farm into a small rural paradise. It’s fitting that the new book is published during the UN’s International Year of Family Farming. Biovision has been supporting family farms in East Africa for over 15 years and in this latest project, it has shared its experience of sustainable, organic farming with the publishers Globi Verlag. Download Media Release (PDF)
  • Outbreak Responder – The Game about the Fight against Malaria: Zurich, 4. February 2014 – Outbreak Responder shows in a playful way how to combat malaria in Africa sustainably. Biovision Foundation, which has a number of anti-malaria projects in East Africa to eliminate this deadly disease, is launching this game in Switzerland together with the developers CodeSustainable.  Download Press Release (PDF)
    • Hans Rudolf Herren wins "SwissAward": Zurich, 11. January 2014 –The internationally renowned specialist in biological pest control and president of Biovision Foundation, Hans R. Herren, has won the “SwissAward” in the category society. Download Media Release (PDF)

    Right Livelihood Award ceremony in Stockholm
    Hans Rudolf Herren is awarded for his fight against hunger and poverty


    On 2 December 2013 the Right Livelihood Award (RLA) has been presented to this year’s four laureates at the Swedish parliament in Stockholm. Hans R. Herren, one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable agriculture, wins the Right Livelihood Award for his commitment to end hunger and poverty in our world. The president of Biovision Foundation is the first Swiss to be awarded this prize since its inception in 1980.

    DR. HANS RUDOLF HERREN (SWITZERLAND): “How can we nourish the world in fifty years’ time, given the uncertainties resulting from climate change, growing population and diminishing natural resources? The answer to this question is to change course in global agriculture, that business as usual is not an option and a new paradigm, beyond the green revolution, is needed, and fast. The new paradigm needs to address agriculture’s multifunctionality, and its key role in the three sustainable development dimensions:  environment, society and economy...in that order." 

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    Hans Rudolf Herren and Biovision win Right Livelihood Award 

    Stockholm/Zurich, 26 September 2013 – Hans R. Herren, one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable agriculture, wins the Right Livelihood Award for his commitment to end hunger and poverty in our world. The president of Biovision Foundation is the first Swiss to be awarded this prize since its inception in 1980.

    The jury of the prize, also known as the alternative Nobel prize, said the decision to award Herren was based on “his expertise and pioneering work in promoting safe, secure and sustainable global food supply”.

    The World Food Prize laureate of 1995 sees the award as an important endorsement of his vision: A world which can provide all nine billion people expected to live on our planet in 2050 with sufficient healthy food. Hans Herren was awarded the prize jointly with his Biovision Foundation. Download Media Release (PDF)