Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) is a not-for-profit organization established in Kenya in 2009 by the Biovision Foundation for ecological development in Switzerland and hosted by the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi. The Trust’s goal is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and other African countries through supporting dissemination of information and knowledge on appropriate technology to improve human, animal, plant, and environmental health. Ecologically sustainable solutions are a practical alternative for African farmers to achieve good crop yields without relying on expensive chemical fertilizers and pesticides. What is lacking, however, are effective dissemination pathways to deliver relevant information to the farmers and supportive policies for EOA.
With the overall goal of sustainably improving the lives of the people in Africa while conserving the environment as the basis for all life. BvAT’s vision is a food secure African continent with healthy people living in a healthy environment and its mission is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of rural communities in Africa through disseminating relevant agricultural information to small holder farmers and supporting likeminded organizations and institutions.
Biovision Africa Trust is the Lead coordinating agency and provides secretariat support to EOA-I’s Continental Steering Committee under Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative. The Initiative is implemented under the oversight of African Union and is currently being implemented in eight countries in Africa (Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda) under support from SDC and SSNC.