Sub-Saharan Africa

Biovision promotes the application and development of sustainable agricultural cultivation methods according to agroecology principles in its projects in sub-Saharan Africa. We work together with renowned local partner organizations to do so. The projects focus on researching and developing new solutions to current problems, disseminating these approaches to farmers, and bringing together local, national and international decision-makers to create suitable framework conditions for sustainable agriculture. The beneficiaries are always involved in setting project objectives, as this is the only way to create real solutions. The overarching goal is always to support smallholder farmers in improving their living conditions and thus contribute to them leading self-determined lives.

Projects

Sub-Saharan Africa

Knowledge, Politics
International, Kenya, Uganda

Investing in the Agroecological Business Case

In order to catalyse the scaling of agroecology and advance the transformation of the food system, this programme wants to increase the availability of suitable capital and build an enabling environment for agroecological enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Knowledge, Politics
International, Kenya, Uganda

Enabling policy frameworks for agroecology

The objective of the programme is to increase the sustainability of food systems in Sub-Saharan African and beyond by creating coherent and equitable policy frameworks that enable an agroecological transformation of food systems.
Knowledge
International, Kenya, Switzerland

More Research for Agroecology

The project aims to strengthen systemic research in agroecology. A study with renowned international partners analysed relevant cash flows and the most important points of leverage.
Agriculture, Knowledge
Malawi

Strong Communities and Organic Farming in Malawi

This project supports a training and research centre for agroecological agriculture in Malawi. Farmers involved in the project test different cultivation methods to find ways to increase their food security and reduce dependence on artificial fertilizers. An important aspect of the project is the cooperation between men and women to raise everyone’s awareness of the work and share in its success.
Agriculture, Knowledge
Uganda

Forest School Mpigi, Uganda

Traditional healers play an important role in health care in rural Uganda. Training in organic farming methods increases their understanding of sustainable medicinal plant use and therefore conserves forest resources.
Agriculture
Tanzania

Agroecology Centre in Tanzania

This project promotes the application of agroecological practices along the entire value chain. The focus is on reaching an understanding between pastoralists and farmers, whose needs are very contradictory. Training in agricultural cultivation, the creation of processing facilities, and marketing opportunities improve farmers’ livelihoods and enhance the region’s natural environment.
Agriculture
Tanzania

Beekeeping and Mangrove Protection in Zanzibar

The project combines beekeeping with sustainable forest use. Through the use of bees, the people promote the pollination of surrounding plants and have an additional source of income through the honey. They can use the wood they receive from the reforestation measures without destroying the sensitive mangrove forests.
Knowledge
Ethiopia

Bees for Young Entrepreneurs

This project promotes beekeeping among youth. Through training in the production and processing of honey, they improve their income and promote biodiversity. In this way, young people in particular are offered an opportunity to reduce unemployment and the need to emigrate.

Articles

Sub-Saharan Africa

Agriculture

Food security in rural Ethiopia

In southwestern Ethiopia, rural households are struggling with soil degradation and crop failures. Working together, they are taking measures to limit soil erosion and also to diversify their sources of income, in order to protect themselves from crises.
Agriculture, Politics

For Overcoming the Global Food Crisis, We Need More Agroecology

Reducing organic production to fight the food crisis would be disastrous. Much more urgent for overcoming the crisis is the transformation to a sustainable food system.
Agriculture

Fertile soil – thanks to participatory research

Ten years ago, the fields of Patrick Maive and Joyce Wangari hardly yielded anything. That all changed when they set out to make their soil fertile again, with the help of Kenyan researchers.
Politics

How agroecology is gaining momentum

Too complex, too time consuming, not implementable on a large scale – these are common prejudices against agroecology. Nevertheless, research results are increasingly showing that agroecology provides a convincing path to a sustainable food system. But one crux is how to fund it. How Biovision is now getting things moving.
Agriculture

“Today I am no longer dependent on anyone.”

Beryl Atieno Munika has lived with a physical handicap since birth. As a young woman she was dependent on her parents. Then she attended a course in organic farming and took fate into her own hands.
Agriculture

Thriller in the cornfield

Within arable fields and soils rages a battle to the death. At least in the push-pull fields of East Africa, beneficial insects are gaining the upper hand over pests. Decisive is communication among plants and between plants and insects.
Agriculture

With camels out of poverty

In the very dry areas of northern Kenya people are increasingly suffering from the consequences of climate change. Those most affected are pastoralist peoples. In Isiolo County, Biovision has been supporting a project by Vétérinaieres sans Frontières to introduce dromedaries. A picture story about two camel keepers who support their families with the proceeds from the sale of milk.
Agriculture, Knowledge

More diversity – more sustainability!

The Biovision Symposium 2021 was all about diversity. Diversity has many positive effects: from protection against the effects of climate change to pesticide reduction and healthier food.