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 […]

BvAT at the 1st Networking Workshop “Boosting the Role and Potential of Organic Farming in Africa”

The inaugural networking workshop for the BMZ-GIZ Organic Knowledge Hubs for Africa was held in SEKEM, Egypt from 2nd to 4th April 2019. The event Organized by the SEKEM Development Foundation and Heliopolis University for Sustainable Development with kind support from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), was organized under the theme: “Boosting the Role and Potential of Organic Farming in Africa” to discuss the roll out and implementation of the BMZ-GIZ supported Organic Knowledge Hubs in Africa. The event brought together about 40 participants drawn from GIZ, European partners (IFOAM OI, FiBL, Naturaland, Access Agriculture), potential partners from Southern Africa and from the Ecological Organic Agriculture institutions from Eastern, Southern, Western and Northern Africa. Among the participants were the grant winning organizations that will take the lead in the implementation of the Organic Knowledge Hubs in the different regions namely Eastern, West and Southern Africa. Biovision Africa Trust was feted as the host and lead organization for the Eastern Africa region which will operate the […]

The Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) Executive Director’s Mission to Uganda

Between the 4th and 8th of March 2019, the BvAT ED Dr. David Amudavi was in Uganda on a partner identification mission. BvAT is currently seeking to establish partnerships with organizations in Uganda to collaborate with on the BMZ-GIZ sponsored project “Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture in Africa” in Uganda. This is a project that will be supporting three centers of excellence in organic agriculture in Africa (Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa) to enhance production in line with organic principles and standards and stimulate market linkages. BvAT will oversee the East African center and hence the need for this mission to identify collaborators. On this trip, Dr. Amudavi was armed with a meticulously developed checklist of requirements to look for in identifying the most appropriate partners. Some of them were; passion and commitment for (ecological) organic agriculture, availability of sound administrative and financial systems and support infrastructure such as office space. The list is long, but these were some of the paramount requirements. Dr. Amudavi met and held […]

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

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 […]

Making A Strong Case For Organic Farming

Dr David Amudavi, the Executive Director of Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), an organization based at the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) that promotes Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) has been elected to the World Board of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), also called IFOAM Organics International to represent Africa in the global body. He was elected by the General Assembly that took place in New Delhi, India, recently. IFOAM Organics International promotes adoption of organic agriculture in 129 countries. Dr Amudavi sat down with Peter Kamau and had a candid chat on Organic Agriculture & the role of IFOAM in propelling Organic farming. [show_avatar email=2 align=left user_link=last_post show_name=true show_email=true show_biography=true show_last_post=true]