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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]