BvAT Mission

Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) is a not-for-profit organization established in Kenya in 2009 by the Biovision Foundation for ecological development in Switzerland and supported by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. The Trust’s goal is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and other African countries through supporting dissemination of information and knowledge on appropriate technology to improve human, animal, plant, and environmental health. Agricultural output and food supply are however hindered by various environmental factors and lack of information and relevant training for the African smallholder farmers. Plant pests, for instance, are responsible for up to 80% of crop losses. Ecologically sustainable solutions are a practical alternative for African farmers to achieve good crop yields without relying on expensive chemical fertilizers and pesticides. What is lacking, however, are effective dissemination pathways to deliver relevant information to the farmers.

Our vision is a food secure African continent with healthy people living in a healthy environment

Our Mission is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of rural communities in Africa through disseminating relevant agricultural information to small holder farmers and supporting likeminded organizations and institutions.

The overall goal of the Trust is to sustainably improve the lives of the people in Africa while conserving the environment as the basis for all life.

This will be achieved through bridging the gap between research and application, with a strategic focus to translate, package and disseminate information[1] related to human, animal, plant and environmental health to small holder farmers and rural communities in Africa.   The Trust will also cooperate and support other organizations, institutions and stakeholders working with small holder farmers to promote ecological sustainable agriculture in Africa.

 

Core values

Environmental consciousness

Accountability

Efficiency and Effectiveness

Collaboration, networking and partnerships

Integrity

Innovation and creativity

Inclusivity

 

BvAT Priority Areas

Key Priority Area 1: To support programmes, projects and initiatives in the agro sector that focus on generation and dissemination of knowledge and information on ecologically sound and useful innovations in human, animal, plant and environmental health.

Key Priority Are 2: To undertake research into special issues and challenges facing smallholder farmers in order to provide useful and practical solutions.

Key Priority Area 3: To support educational and empowerment programs amongst small-holder communities in partnership with other players (public, private, civil society).

 


[1] Research information as well as other sources with relevant information