Urban Farming Through Agroecological Technologies

In every food conference today, there is a tract on urban farming; there are participants and speakers referring to themselves as urban farmers. If you google “urban agriculture”, you will find thousands of results. Urban farming is clearly in the mind and eyes of many individuals, community groups, environmentalists and even NGOs. That’s great, but what does it all mean, what is urban farming and why all the interest now? The term “Urban farming” may sound like an oxymoron, but the concept has gone from being unimaginable to a real solution food security. Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) has been at the core of promoting this emerging solution to food security through its trainings on agroecological practices and that forms the basis for our story of the week. We focus on Mrs. Gaudensia Musanga, a business lady residing with her family on a small plot at the Shibuye market center in Shinyalu, Kakamega County. Living in a predominantly farming community, Musanga felt disadvantaged having to buy food when most people got […]

Das ist für deutsche Sprecher. BvAT war in den Schweizer Medien

The Biovision Foundation marked its 20th anniversary of supporting people in developing regions and providing real help. During these celebrations, Biovision used the 3rd week of November 2018 to reflect on its work in Africa. Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) work also featured and it was trending in the Swiss media. This is an article that featured in the Swiss media Article about Biovision Projects

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 November 2018 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) as […]

Organic Farming Has Saved My Soils

Elizabeth Karanja is a true testimony that organic farming restores our soil fertility. She shared her journey of transformation and the whole story can be access here; Elizabeth Karanja’s Story on how Organic Farming has Saved her Soils

BvAT and Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) collaboration grows stronger

From L to R: Robert Nyikuli (BvAT Finance Manager), Kinyua Nyamu (CBA, Treasury), Peter K. Mwaniki (Relationship Manager, Corporate Business), Judy Mbethe (Senior Relationship Manager, Corporate Banking), Dr. David Amudavi (BvAT Executive Director) and Raphael Agung’ (Treasurer, Kenya Treasury) In the recent past, the Bank – NGO relationship hadn’t been one of the best with many NGOs being distrustful of how banks operate. However, there is growing urgency for the two institutions to work more closely together to add value to the services they render to their clients given their common niche in the arena of economic and sustainable development. Since its inception in 2009, Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) has had a principal financial partner in the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA). A partnership that has seen BvAT conveniently carry out its transactions such as paying its staff, converting currencies and transferring funds to partners implementing collaborative project activities across several countries in Africa. This relationship has kept growing and improving over time. On the 24th of October 2018, BvAT […]

Combating Climate Change With Agroforestry

“The best time to plant trees was 20 years ago, but the send best time to plant trees in now” so goes the adage. The current challenges faced in the agricultural sector emanate from the effects of climate change which are directly linked to deforestation. Mitigating and even reversing this dangerous trend is inevitable if we must save our food production systems keep the world food secure. Aping from the president Kenyatta’s directive on a 1.8 billion national tree planting drive, Biovision Africa Trust and PELUM Kenya recently held a workshop to; i. Enhance the capacities of smallholder farmers and extension agents on agroforestry practices in Western Kenya ii. Establish a strategy on establishing community nurseries. The agroforestry project is implemented under the auspices of SSNC and it is aimed at ‘Improving sustainable farming practices of smallholder farms in Western Kenya through enhanced integration of agroforestry practices by 2019’. The workshop was conducted after a due diligence was conducted and participating groups identified. The project works with groups to maximize […]

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 […]

FCP’s Paradigm Shift from Information Dissemination to Communicating for Behavior Change

Times are changing and so are our challenges and the strategies we employ in tackling them. Biovision Africa Trust is also rethinking its strategies for FCP’s next phase (2019-2021) given the evolving nature of the problems our farmers face. BvAT held a two-day event between the 3rd and 4th of May to brainstorm on the elements for the concept note and proposal for the next phase (2019-2021) of the Biovision Farmer Communication Programme (FCP). The current phase (2016-2018) is ending December 2018. The workshop’s objective was to review the vision, mission, goal, objectives and Theory of Change of the FCP strategy used during FCP Phase I (2016 – 2018) and to clarify the mission, goal, objectives and theory of change; expected outcomes; and M&E Framework for FCP 2nd Phase (2019 to 2021). Every project was to come up with needs, problems and challenges they are addressing; objectives/ outcomes; main activities; yearly targets; monitoring and evaluation framework and sustainability efforts. All these were to be addressed with the aim to achieve […]