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 […]
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:
That the bio-physical environment in Western Kenya is wired for commercial agriculture is not in doubt. The climate is truly tropical with warm and wet conditions distributed uniformly in time and space. Farming is the main economic activity on the local landscape and the communities here have subsisted on farming for centuries. The region however is in a big dilemma. It is rated very highly in poverty and general food insecurity. Unwise farming practices characterised by rampant cutting and burning of soil cover over time, has downgraded soil fertility with expected adverse consequences. Reduction in biodiversity has destroyed the agro-ecosystem immunity to the point where livestock and crop pests and diseases are rampant. This has pushed up the potential cost of keeping livestock and producing crops. Despite soil fertility and pests and diseases being major constraints to agricultural production in the region, fertilizers and pesticides are not widely used by smallholder farmers, due to lack of access to the inputs mostly because of high prices. This presents an opportunity for […]
There is strength in numbers, this is a popular adage upon which the Biovision Africa Trust is premised. In line with these words of wisdom, BvAT strives to work with other organisations in order to amplify its outreach and double the benefits of her target populace – the smallholder farmers. One of BvAT’s collaborators is Access Agriculture. This is an international NGO that produces and translates agricultural training videos into different local languages to rich a wider audience with sustainable farming practices. This, is in line with BvAT core mandate as such, making Access Agriculture a strategic partner. Under one of its programmes – the Biovision Farmer Communication Programme, the Biovision Africa Trust, produces information in print, digital, audio formats with information on organic agriculture. It has been using videos from Access Agriculture to generate content for the TOF magazine, TOF Radio, Training manuals and training videos. Its efforts finally paid off when it was recently recognised for its efforts. BvAT was feted during the Access Agriculture Awards for the best media partner.