Biovision Africa Trust Holds the West Africa Key Stakeholders Workshop for the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative in Cotonou, Benin.

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) as an Executing Agency of the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Africa is hosting the second 5-day workshop for 40 participants from Western Africa (Nigeria, Mali, Senegal and Benin) from 13th -17th August, 2018 at the Riviera Hotel, Cotonou, Benin. This follows a successful recent workshop held in Machakos, Kenya for partners and stakeholders from Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania). In his welcome remarks Professor Simplice Davo Vodouhe, from the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Cotonou, thanked the participants for coming and hoped the opportunity would provide a productive and engaging session with the West African partners to share experiences and learn from each other. Mr. Bokonon Ganta Aimé, the Chair of the Benin EOA National Steering Committee welcomed the participants too to Benin and to the workshop and looked forward to a successful workshop. Dr. David Amudavi the Executive Director of Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) also gave his opening remarks and was glad to see good representation from the participating West African […]

Why We Need to Tell Success Stories; BvAT Executive Director Dr. David Amudavi

“Success stories are about our dreams,” he begun, “Dream of what you can do to change a farmer and his/her family positively by either increasing production, improving nutrition, improving the environmental condition, improving his/her welfare or the general happiness of the farmer.” According to Dr. David Amudavi, the Executive Director of BvAT, success stories are proof that you have something to offer to the farmer. It is an innovative way of telling others what we are doing as an organization. His advice was, one should dream and act to realize the story because success stories do no happen by accident or chance but rather by design. Dr. Amudavi advised that one should come up with or tap into innovations, necessary technologies and new ideas to help achieve one’s dream. Harmoniously, success stories are not a waste of time but rather a powerful way to carry out extension work, and such stories help farmers to reduce risks in decision making. Success stories help shorten the learning curve, invites support to what […]

Eastern Africa key Stakeholders Workshop on EOA Initiative at Gelian Hotel,Machakos City

The EOA Eastern Africa Stakeholders Planning workshop at Gelian Hotel Machakos

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) as an Executing Agency of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative in Africa is hosting a 5-day workshop for 40 participants from Eastern Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda) from 30th July 2018 till 3rd August 2018 at the Gelian Hotel in Machakos County. The workshop started on Monday 30th July 2018 with an official opening by the BvAT ED Director, Dr. David Amudavi who underscored the importance of the workshop, with 5 days to engage the participants to discuss and derive the most important areas of focus for consideration in the proposal of the next phase of the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative. The workshop involves presentations (overview of EOA, EOA Strategic Plan, assessment reports) group discussions and plenary sessions Venancia Wambua EOA Project Manager took the participants through the program- and objectives of the workshop which are; – Partners to review action areas of the Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) (2017) and the external evaluation (2017) reports to support strengthening of partners’ capabilities in project implementation […]

BvAT receives a donation of training manuals on sustainable farming practices from FAO Kenya

The Biovision Africa Trust was privileged today to receive a donation of farmers’ training material on sustainable farming practices. Dr. Barrack Okoba of FAO Kenya handed over 60 training manuals on climate smart agriculture to BvAT’s Executive Director, Dr. David Amudavi, to support the organisation’s Outreach programme to use with the smallholder farmers benefiting from BvAT’s projects in Kenya. While handing over the books to Dr. Amudavi, Dr. Okoba said, “Besides the training manual, Climate Smart Agriculture posters too have an elaborate and simplified diagram easily understood by the farmers. I brought them along.” The Climate Smart Agriculture Training Manual for Agricultural Extension Agents in Kenya is authored by Dr. Barrack Okoba. The manual has rich information on sustainable agriculture with well-illustrated diagrams of sustainable farming methods. The materials will be very helpful to BvAT’s Farmer Communication Programme (FCP). The FCP disseminates information on sustainable agriculture with a mission to improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life through the application of better farming practice. “My colleague came across the Climate-Smart […]

From L: Peter Sidler (SDC), David Amudavi (BvAT), Manuel Flury (SDC) and Andi Schriber (Biovision Foundation) at the BvAT Exhibition SDC Conference.

BvAT ED Attends BvAT AGM and SDC Annual Conference in Switzerland

The week of June 24-30 was a busy one for the BvAT Executive Director, Dr. David Amudavi. He attended a BvAT Annual General Meeting (24-25 June), held collaboration partnership meetings with Biovision Foundation and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) (27-28 June) and finally attended the annual SDC/SECO conference whose theme was ‘Developing urban and rural areas sustainably: Two of Switzerland’s priorities in Africa’ held in Berne on 29th June. The conference, which attracted over 700 people, focused on how to develop urban and rural areas sustainably through improving seed systems for farmers and used the example of how SDC is supporting Chad to ensure farmers get high-grade seed of variety that can also better withstand the effects of climate change. Knowledge on seed management, training on how to identify good quality seed, how to maintain quality of seed and how to use quality seed, level of technology and infrastructure very important in this regard. The conference also underscored the fact that towns and cities can offer tangible opportunities […]

The New face of Infonet Database

Infonet-biovision seized the opportunity during the BvAT day on the 12th of July to unleash its revamped new look. The infonet-biovision database has been in place since 2007 giving farmers, trainers, students, and extension workers quick access to up-to-date and locally relevant agricultural information on sustainable farming. Since inception, the Infonet platform has undergone various transformations to make it responsive to user needs and align itself with the changing technological environment. Of great importance, the infonet platform was recently given a face-lift. The platform is now based on Drupal Content Management System (CMS) allowing for breaking down content life cycle into distinct processes; content creation, management, publishing and presentation. These distinct processes make it possible to have multiple persons dealing with the content hence improved turnaround time in relation to creating and updating content. This great revamping is not only good for the management of the site but rather it eases the process of accessing information by users. Key features that came with the revamping are as below; Key features […]

BvAT Executive Director at the official Launch of the Sauti Kuu Vocational and Resource Centre in Kogelo, Siaya County

The BvAT Executive Director, Dr. David Amudavi was honored to be part of the invited guests at the official opening of the Sauti Kuu Vocational and Resource Centre of Auma Obama Foundation held on 16th July 2018 at Kogelo, Siaya County. The event was graced by the former US President, His Excellency Barrack Obama as the chief guest. The Chief Guest on this special day, delivered an inspirational and motivational speech not only to those who attended the function but the whole nation. Watch the full speech below; Initially started off in 2011 as part of the Auma Obama Foundation, where local communities learn about organic farming, food storage, among others, the resource centre is an institution that will provide a platform and opportunity for young people and the community to nurture talent through sports, dance and entrepreneurship. The center will also educate the youths on how to transform idle land or resources into money. The Auma Obama Foundation will empower the youth into self-reliant, productive and people devoid of […]

BvAT DAY – Address by ICIPE Director General’s Office

Welcome & Remarks by Dr. Sunday Ekesi – Director, Research & Partnerships, ICIPE. Representing the Director General of ICIPE, the Director of Research and Partnership (DRP), Dr. Sunday Ekesi, welcomed all the event visitors, guests and participants to the Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) Day. Dr. Ekesi thanked Biovision Foundation for the support it had given to both ICIPE and BvAT over the years and assured them that the funds were being utilized in the most effective and efficient way to generate and disseminate knowledge and information on ecological sustainable agriculture while ensuring that as many farmers as possible were reached and benefitted from the research efforts. Dr. Ekesi reiterated the strong collaboration and partnership between ICIPE and BvAT, and mentioned some areas to illustrate this:

Biovision Africa Trust Day – Connecting with farmers

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) has taken the show to be associated with the Biovision Foundation’s celebrations of its 20th anniversary this year in Zurich, Switzerland. As a buildup to the main event, the Foundation has organized a chain of events both in Switzerland and in country project areas. At BvAT, we are privileged to be the custodians of one of the biggest programmes being supported by Biovision Foundation, the Farmer Communication Programme (FCP), and therefore lucky to host one of the buildup activities to the main 20th Anniversary celebration. We organized a BvAT Day for the Biovision Foundation board members. The BvAT Day was held on the 12th of July at the ICIPE’s Duduville Campus and some of FCP Team members later joined the Biovision Partners meeting at the Mbita Campus in Western Kenya. At Duduville, the event was used to inform the Biovision Foundation delegation of the great work being undertaken by the various BvAT projects and also during the occasion, Infonet-Biovision – one of the FCP projects seized […]

Build capacity to regulate GM technology

Kenya’s National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has already given the green light for open field trials of the of Genetically Modified Bt Maize. The decision is likely to have far reaching consequences on consumers and the future of small-scale farmers in the country. No other debate has polarised agricultural stakeholders in the country the way the GMO debate has, and with good reason. For one, the stakes are very high from whatever side one sits on this debate. For the proponents, GMOs could supposedly unlock the potential for the country to be self-sufficient in food production through the introduction of new seed varieties. These varieties are said to be  resistant to diseases and pests, use limited amounts of water to grow and therefore enable Kenya to produce food in arid and semi-arid areas of the country while making it possible for farmers to produce food even during the frequent drought that often threaten the country’s food security. But the real reason for the fight to have GMOs in Kenya is to […]