Biovision Africa Trust on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

By Hudson Shiraku

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) is a trust registered in Kenya. Since its establishment in 2009, BvAT has endeavors to enable small scale farmers to access and use scientifically proven information on sustainable agriculture through integrated communication channels.

The information disseminated focuses on four thematic areas; Animal health, Plant health, Human health and Environment health through which, BvAT is contributing to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The SDGs otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals. They are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

BvAT’s mandate contributes to the attainment of the SDGs. As we seek to empower small scale farmers with information that will help them increase their productivity, profitability and make them economically self-reliant. BvAT is contributing to the first and second goals of the SDGs “End poverty in all its forms everywhere” and “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.

Through the Human Health thematic area, BvAT is contributing to the third goal of the SDG by ensuring healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. The primary target of its work are the small-scale women farmers in rural areas. This is in full cognizant of the challenges faced by women in relation to traditional gender roles, stereotypes and myths. This is therefore a contribution to the SDG goal number 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls

To safeguard the environmental health, BvAT is disseminating information on environmental sustainable technologies including those aimed at combating climate change and its impacts and to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. In this regard, BvAT contributes to goals 13 and 15 of the SDGs

Finally, BvAT’s mandate is also in line with the 17.7th item of the 17th SDG goal that calls upon the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies.

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Hudson Wereh is a programmes assistant at the Biovision Farmer Communication programme, a blogger, an ICT savvy, and environmentalist.

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