Biovision approach: holistic and effective
Gaining control over complex problems requires consideration of the different steps towards an adapted solution in their entirety. This is the Biovision approach.
Since 1998, Biovision Foundation has been promoting the development, dissemination and application of sustainable ecological agricultural practices, enabling people in the developing world to help themselves. Our holistic approach plays a central factor: The health of people, animals, plants and the environment is the central aim in all our projects.
How this is implemented in concrete projects is demonstrated by the example of the Push-Pull method in this infographic. In addition, our approach to aid is elaborated by an interview with Andreas Sicks, head of Programmes & Partnerships at Biovision.
What concrete help does Biovision give to smallholders in sub-Saharan Africa?
Biovision helps smallholders and their families introduce integrated, agroecological solutions that achieve sustainable and permanent increases in yields without damaging the environment. To achieve this, we often work with research-based partners who develop and test the solutions and also provide scientific evidence of their efficacy.
What are the particular strengths of this approach to aid?
We believe that the inclusion of farmers at an early stage and the use of participatory research methods are crucial as this allows us to develop adapted solutions suitable for local conditions that can actually be used in practice.
What is the role of our partners?
We work closely with partners at various levels: firstly, research partners and NGOs implement the projects (e.g. BvAT). We also work with foundations and local and national governments as a way of achieving a breakthrough for agroecological methods.
Why was this approach adopted?
Previously, applied research into innovative, agroecological methods had been largely neglected and so Biovision is occupying an important niche. The introduction of successful approaches by farmers requires the use of targeted communication channels. In addition, the advocacy team promotes the new agroecological solutions at the political level.