Radio interviews where farmers report on their experiences are an integral part of the Farmer Communication Programme.
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11.03.2014

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In many parts of Africa, formal education and training in agriculture is almost nonexistent. Swiss Biovision Foundation supports farmers via its Farmer Communication Programme. While it takes advantage of its close links with research institutions, the ideas and experiences of farmers also flow directly into its course contents.

As recommended by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD, 2008) and confirmed by the World Development Report 2008, hunger and poverty can most efficiently be addressed with support for the sustainable ecological agricultural sector and a focus on smallholder farming with locally adapted cultivation methods. Sustainable agriculture is less input intensive and therefore more accessible for resource-limited rural people, which means that it has a high potential for improving the livelihoods of a large group of rural poor and particularly women.

Support through information

During his 27 years in Africa, Biovision President Hans Herren grew increasingly aware of the lack of connection between research institutions and those practising in the field. He realised that bridges needed to be built, which was one of the reasons he founded Biovision Foundation in 1998.

At first, Biovision supported exchange between icipe, the Nairobi-based international institute for insect science for food and health, and farmers in Kenya.

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