Dr. Paul Van Mele, Co-Founder and Director for International Development-Access Agriculture visits BvAT

On the 23rdof May 2019, the Executive Director of Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), Dr. David Amudavi and the Coordinator of the AU led EOA-I Continental Secretariat, Mr. Alex Mutungi hosted the Co-Founder and Director for International Development of Access Agriculture, Dr. Paul Van Mele for a partnership meeting. Access Agriculture is an international non-profit organisation with head office in Belgium and with regional offices in Kenya, Benin, Bangladesh and Bolivia. Based on the demand of the community of agricultural extension service providers, agricultural universities, government staff and farmer organisations in developing countries, and with backing of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Access Agriculture was founded in 2012 to enable South-South exchange on and access to quality farmer training videos to secure sustainable livelihoods of smallholder farmers and users of natural resources. BvAT is hosting the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Secretariat and overseeing the implementation of EOA projects across Africa (Mali, Senegal, Benin, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and now moving to Rwanda in the Phase II of […]

Organic Farming Pays

Domain of change (Project): Outreach When did the change happen: Since 2010. Name of storyteller: Francis Maina Role of storyteller: CIW Date of recording:  2nd of May 2019 Interviewer:  Hudson Wereh Given the harmful effects of chemical pesticides on our health and the current obsession with label reading for organic products by consumers, surely farmers must start producing organically to tap this growing opportunity. Right? That’s what Francis Maina thought in 2010. – at the time working with one horticultural company in Naivasha. But he was wrong, whereas he’d shudder at the thought of what the chemicals were doing to his health, farmers continued using agrochemicals oblivious of their effects. Francis decided like the proverbial humming bird and the forest fire, he was going to do something whatever small. He quit his job at the horticulture company in Naivasha and went back to Gilgil to work on his farm using organic production principles. He had a challenge in accessing information of the relevant technologies to employ. He started volunteering with Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) […]

The Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative in Benin

The EOA Initiative is working towards streamlining EOA into national, regional and continental food production systems in Africa. The Initiative is currently being implemented in eight African countries with plans underway to roll it out on the whole continent. Benin is one of the countries where the initiative is being implemented and OBEPAB is the country lead organization leading in the implementation of EOA activities. It is working with cotton farmers in the country. Cotton is one of the industrial crops in the country and just like many other such crops, cotton is heavy on agrochemicals. However, thanks to the EOA initiative, OBEPAP is working with cotton farmers training them on how to organically produce cotton. It is training them on organic methods of cotton husbandry; how to protect cotton from pest and disease infestation, how to manage soil fertility without using chemical fertilizers, how to mix cotton with food crops and many other organic production methods. BENIN is therefore one of the best performing countries in terms of adoption […]