A non-governmental organisation based in Zurich, Switzerland
Since 1998, we have promoted and supported the use of sustainable, agroecological solutions to alleviate poverty and improve food security in Africa. Our projects focus on developing regions in East and West Africa. In addition, we are actively engaged in advocacy and policy dialogues to strengthen the global policy framework for sustainable development and particularly sustainable food systems. Biovision is an official partner organisation of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. Biovision’s international projects are supported by the SDC.
The project “A4A – Advocacy for Agroecology” is implemented by Biovision in collaboration with renowned experts in field of agroecology and research investments such as IPES-Food and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS). The project aims to upscale scientific and applied research about the potential of agroecology by analyzing current lock-ins and leverages. The evidence created is subsequently used for consulting with key decision makers from the donor and research communities. In a second workstream the A4A project is adressing the role of agroecology as a solution to adapt and mitigate climate change.
The policy and advocacy team of Biovision combines thematic expertise about agroecology with relevant professional experience in advocacy and policy dialogue. Our team manages an in-depth knowledge pool about agroecology and uses it for targeted outreach and advocacy work. In past projects, we have successfully influenced decision makers on national and international levels and have driven them to change their priorities and strategies. The team at Biovision consists of professionals with background and experience in Environmental Policy, Agronomy, Biology, Geography and Environmental Sciences. The team builds on several years of experience in development cooperation work.
Mercator Foundation is supporting the Project “A4A – Advocacy for Agroecology” until the end of 2021. The Mercator Foundation Switzerland is committed to building a dedicated and open-minded society, which treats the environment with respect and provides children and youth with equal opportunities. For this purpose, the foundation initiates and funds projects in four focus areas: education, international exchange, participation and environmental responsibility.
The Millennium Institute (MI) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization passionate about improving the welfare of individuals on every continent by working with stakeholders to meet the challenges of sustainable development. MI’s mission is to support countries to develop effective strategies that will lead to measurable advances in the welfare of society in the context of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Biovision and MI have jointly implemented the project “Changing Course in Global Agriculture” from 2012-2017 with the overall goal to initiate a global shift from conventional agriculture to globally more sustainable food systems by influencing policy process and political frameworks worldwide and in two African countries. Within the context of the A4A project, MI is conducting the modeling analysis to assess the impact of a set of agroecological interventions for a typical semi-arid African country on the achievement of all SDGs.
The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) brings together expert voices from different disciplines and different types of knowledge to inform the policy debate on how to reform food systems across the world. The Panel is looking at issues such as health and nutrition, rural livelihood insecurity, and environmental degradation through an integrated food systems lens, bringing to light the interconnections, power imbalances, political lock-ins and potential levers for change at the systems level. To do so, IPES-Food will engage systematically with actors and ideas from outside the traditional bounds of the scientific community. IPES-Food is extremely well positioned to support the A4A project with its panel of experts specialized in various disciplines and aspects of sustainable food systems. IPES-Food will also participate in the advocacy component of the project through its extensive network of contacts with key stakeholders in the donors and research communities.