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

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 agricultural extension department with the training materials for use to impart knowledge to 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. BvAT’s Farmer Communication Programme (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 Agriculture […]

Strengthening collaboration and partnerships for Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) in Europe

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 […]

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 […]

The TOF Magazine Project Manager during the prize giving ceremony

The Organic Farmer BAKE Award Winner 2018!

The Organic Farmer (TOF) has been awarded the Best Agricultural Blog by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) winners of 2018. For the past six (6) years, BAKE has been awarding exceptional work under various categories. Different bloggers in different categories were recognized and awarded during the Winners’ Gala event on Saturday, 19th May at a Nairobi hotel. ​ Other nominees competing in the same category were: http://farmerstrend.co.ke, http://kenyavet.wordpress.com, http://graduatefarmer.co.ke and http://topfarmer.co.ke. To determine a winner, a call for submission of blogs for nomination to various categories is made, followed by judging phase, then online voting dates are set and announced to the nominees. All nominees lobby for votes and the Winners’ for various categories are announced at a Gala event organised by BAKE Secretariat. 2018 submission was launched on January 11th. Online voting kicked off on April 4th and closed on May 7th. Thank you for walking the journey with www.theorganicfarmer.org!

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PushPull Technology key in fight against Fall Army Worm.

Dressed in a Brown trouser and a matching cap, Allan Methu admires his maize plantation. Allan is a Push Pull farmer in Lela, 20km Northwest of Kisumu, he is reaping the benefits of adopting the Push Pull technology in planting his maize crop. The crop is the preferable cereal crop for many families in Africa(approximately 300 million People in Africa have maize as the staple food). Key constraints on maize production include pests, degraded soils, weeds and erratic rainfall.The need to address this challenges was the main motivation behind the development and subsequent up scaling of the Push Pull technology. Allan Methu’s Maize Plantation Push pull technology involves intercropping the maize crop with desmodium that  acts as a pest repellant and planting Napier grass (attractive crop) as a border crop around the crop.The technology introduced two decades ago is helping farmers  using the technology stay in business . In developing the technology Dr Zeyaur Khan and his team of scientist sought to address the devastating Striga weed, Stemborer pest and […]

Meeting with Hungarian delegation to promote organic oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) production in Kenya

BvAT Team with the Hungarian Researchers and Investors On 2nd March, BvAT team met with a Hungarian delegation of five researchers and investors led by Andreas Domonyai on behalf of Ms. Andrienn Nagy of Pilze-Nagy Ltd (https://www.pleurotus.hu). Their interest is in seeking collaboration with Kenyan partners in working on a new project which aims to develop small-scale farm technology in Kenya for organic oyster mushroom (Pleurotus spp.) production in Kenya. The Hungarian company has been in business for over 25 years, and has full range of technology and technical expertise along the mushroom value chain from substrate production to growing mushrooms organically, packaging, selling and using waste to produce energy. The EU has funds to promote organic oyster mushroom farming to be released following proposals responding to an African call in 2019 which the delegation would want to apply for and would like to already have activities taking place on the ground and have identified local partners to work with by then. BvAT has been identified as a potential partner […]

Sorghum becomes the new cash crop for Meru farmers

Sorghum becomes the new cash crop for Meru farmers Sorghum is the fifth most important grain after maize. It is considered as the continent’s food for the poor and is grown mostly by poor families for home consumption. Sorghum may, however, hold the answers to Kenya’s arid and semi arid areas low returns, malnutrition and food insecurity. Traditionally, sorghum has been used in the preparation of porridge, ugali, biscuits and sausages. Sorghum has great potential for income generation and diversification for farmers in arid and semi-arid areas which account for more than 70 per cent of Kenya’s land mass. The only human activity in these regions is nomadic pastoralism. Sorghum now a cash crop Farmers in Meru have started to enjoy the benefits of adding value to their sorghum crop which has the potential to change their livelihoods through increased income. With the help of home grown agri-business enterprises called Shalem Investments, a sorghum purchasing and processing company based in Meru; sorghum farmers in the three Counties: Meru, Tharaka-Nithi and […]