Agriculture

Agriculture is a major contributor to climate change. At the same time, it is also acutely affected by the impacts of climate change, for example in the form of droughts and floods. Agroecology provides a solution to this dilemma: it is able to feed the population while maintaining an ecological balance. This is why Biovision promotes the development and application of agroecological methods in its projects on agriculture.

Articles about

Agriculture

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.
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, Knowledge

Our live(lihood)s depend on the soil

The soil beneath our feet forms the basis for life, food production and biodiversity. Public awareness of the importance of this key resource is meager, however. This is why we are dedicating the focus of the first half of 2022 to soil.
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.

Projects about

Agriculture

Agriculture, Knowledge
International, Kenya

Agroecology to Tackle Climate Change

In this project, Biovision highlights the links between agroecology and climate change by providing evidence on the technical and policy potential of agroecology to build resilient food systems.It aims to overcome major bottlenecks for upscaling agroecology through inclusive policy processes.
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.
Agriculture
Ethiopia

Food Security in Rural Ethiopia

This project counteracts severe erosion through the construction of earthen embankments, sustainable farming methods and reforestation. Soil improvement ensures more reliable agricultural yields and is thus intended to support local people’s food security.
Agriculture
Ethiopia

Trees for Animal Welfare

This project investigates how using trees in livestock farming contributes to better livestock health and to the conservation and improvement of pasture land. Agroforestry is a promising concept that also has the potential to improve local people’s economic situation.
Agriculture
Kenya

Local Seed Increases Biodiversity

This project promotes the establishment of a seed bank and trains farmers in cultivating and collecting traditional seeds to promote higher diversity in their fields and ultimately on their families’ plates.