Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) recently held a successful four-day workshop to develop its 2016-2020 Strategy Plan and affirmed preparations for its autonomy beginning January 2016. BvAT has been operating under the umbrella of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) since its inception in 2009.
From 2011, BvAT started supporting the development and coordination of the Biovision Farmer Communication Programme (FCP) involving four interrelated projects; The Organic Farmer Magazine, TOF Radio Programme, The Infonet-Biovision database and Farmer Communication Outreach. Since then, its portfolio has grown tremendously and BvAT is involved in managing a continental initiative, the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA-I) in 8 countries in Africa with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). BvAT is also responsible for implementation of two pillars of the EOA Initiative in Kenya (Information and Communication pillar and Policy and Programme Development pillar) with support from the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC). Further, BvAT supports activities of the Changing Course in Global Agriculture (CCGA) Initiative in Kenya under the oversight and support of the Biovision Foundation and Millennium Institute.
In view of the increasing responsibilities and need for enhanced institutional capacity, a systems and compliance audit conducted on BvAT by Baker Tilly Merali’s (BTM) and commissioned by SSNC in September 2012 led to establishment of processes, programmes and plans to ensure efficiency and performance in BvAT’s international development cooperation with development partners. The plans and actions for strengthening BvAT’s systems and operations were evident during the Strategic planning week.
A total of 35 participants took part in the professionally facilitated workshop held at ICIPE, Duduville campus. These included the board representatives: Mr. Andreas Schriber – Chair of the Board of Trustees, Prof. Onesmo Ole-MoiYoi – Trustee, and Prof. Christian Borgemeister – Trustee, and Dr. David Amudavi, Director (Ex-Officio). Others included the staff, currently under ICIPE’s oversight, partners and a representative from SDC. The remarks made by various speakers underscored the strategic advantage BvAT has in advancing the agenda of ecologically sustainable agriculture for healthy food and agriculture systems. The workshop benefited from insights of a motivational presentation on organisational development by a guest speaker, Ms. Ms Julian Ongonge from The ResourceEdge, Nairobi.Read More »
With the September 2013 issue, TOF-Magazine, one of the principal agricultural magazines in Africa, celebrated its 100th publication since inception. The 100th issue translated to 800 print pages with information for farmers and about farmers that have been published during the eight year period the magazine has been in circulation.Read More »
In conformity with its mission to alleviate poverty and improve the welfare of resource limited small-holder farmers in Kenya and Africa, The Farmer Communication Programme (FCP) supports sustainable agricultural projects and initiatives focusing on generation and dissemination of information on ecologically sound and useful practices to improve human, animal, plant and environmental health. The Biovision Farmer Communication Programme also provides opportunities for students enrolled in relevant graduate programmes to undertake internships at our office in Nairobi with the main aimes of;Read More »
Through courtesy of Infonet-Biovision and hosting by Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), a stakeholder consultation and content development workshop on Enhancing Tree-planting is being held at the KEFRI headquarters Muguga, Nairobi, from the 20th – 24th of February2012. The workshop is supported by tree specialists and researchers from KEFRI, KARI, ICRAF and facilitated by Dr. Anders Pedersen, an Infonet-Biovision forestry consultant.Read More »