Market of traditional grains in Kastamonu, Turkey (Photo: Alessandra Giuliani)



Memorandum of Understanding between agroscope and CENSA Cuba

Agroscope and the Centro Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria CENSA in Cuba confirm their willingness to strengthen thecollaboration in the applied research and the transfer of knowledge on resources efficient and resilient agricultural systems.


KFPE calls for video testimonials on its 11 Principles for Research in Partnership

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The KFPE is developing a website for the 11 Principles; in this context it is asking researchers to submit short video testimonials about their experiences with the KFPE Principles.


Hochwertiges Saatgut für Nepals Bauern

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article by SFIAR Member Rahel Wyss in "Schweizerbauer" about seed production in Nepal, an important sector for the country that is facing many challenges, especially after the recent earthquake


What is CONSUS?

CONSUS is a model which can be used to produce feasibility analyses for new sourcing and production opportunities in developing countries with a view to supporting both agribusinesses and smallholder producers. A first case study is launched.


The Nairobi Work Programme (NWP)

Helvetas has recently become a member of the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) that main objective is to share knowledge and learn on climate change adaptation


Call: Seed Money Research & Workshop projects with Brazilian partners

The programme aims at strengthening or formalizing existing research partnerships with Brazil by providing seed money for projects or workshops; deadline for applications: 23 October 2015


Call: ERC Starting Grants 2016

As part of the EU Horizon 2020 programme ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team. Deadline for submissions: 17 November 2015


MyFood30 - Hear young people’s voices on the future of agri-food systems!

project by the Swiss National FAO Committee aiming to involve young people in the discussion on the future of agri-food systems and making sure they are supported to maximise their contribution towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals


Call for Proposals for Conferences 2017

Congressi Stefano Franscini, the conference platform of ETH Zurich, offers scientists the possibility of organising research conferences in 2017 at Monte Verità, Ascona (Switzerland). Deadline for applications: 15 January 2016


FiBL wins Expo Milano award

news by FiBL about its Syprobio project that aims to improve farmers' income and food security in diversified organic production systems in West-Africa and that has received an award at Milano Expo 2015


Call for Breakout Sessions and Events at Tech4Dev Conference

The UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development invites interested parties to submit proposals for breakout sessions or events for its international conference on technologies for development held from 2 to 4 May 2016 at EFPL, Lausanne, Switzerland; deadline for submissions: 11 September 2015


Advanced Training in Integrated Crop Management

in partnership with CABI the Unviersity of Neuchâtel offers a Master of Advanced Studies in Integrated Crop Management directed at professionals and specialists from around the world; application deadline: 1 September 2015


Myanmar: When rice is getting scarce...

Swissaid supports an organisation, Shwe Danu, in Myanmar, that conducts field trials to compare yields and flavours for different rice varieties.


Tackling World Food System Challenges on the Mountain of Truth

post by Michelle Grant in ETH Zukunftsblog about the recent interdisciplinary conference "Tackling World Food System Challenges" held on Monte Verità near Ascona, Switzerland


OneMap Myanmar: New CDE project launched

news by CDE about the launch of a new SDC financed project in Myanmar aiming to compile, enhance, and make available union-wide land-related data from different government agencies


Sustainable management of Mongolia’s pasturelands – SDC project at Expo Milano 2015

article by SDC on its "Green Gold" project that aims to ensure the sustainable management of grazing land in Mongolia, and that has been selected as an example of best practices in food security by Expo Milano 2015


Patente auf Leben: Schweizer Organisationen lancieren politische Petition

media release by Berne Declaration about its political petition against patents on plants and animals launched together with Swissaid, ProSpecie Rara and the international coalition "no patents on seeds"


Call for FLASH Research Projects extended to Brazil

The FLASH Research Programme is a new funding instrument that allows researchers of all disciplines to react immediately to exceptional events by setting up joint research projects with partners from Brazil and India, applications will be accepted until the earmarked funds have been fully allocated


Scientific mission to Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea

A high-ranking Swiss delegation visited the two African countries to discuss how to promote scientific cooperation mainly in the area of education, health and agriculture; also two new agreements between the Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique (CSRS) in Côte d'Ivoire and Swiss partners were signed.


Launch of a new project to combat an important cocoa disease in West Africa

news by FiBL about a new project by FiBL, ETH Zurich and Ghanian partners aiming to help develop a novel holistic concept for reducing the spread and impact of cocoa swollen shoot virus disease in West Africa


Call: International Exploratory Workshops

Programme by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) aimed at researchers in Switzerland who wish to organise workshops with participants from abroad. Submission: anytime


r4d - Mayor Swiss projects in agricultural research for develoment

New section on the SFIAR website giving an overview of current agriculture related projects of the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d)


Knowledge Driven Development: Private Extension and Global Lessons

Yuan Zhou, Head of Research & Policy Analysis of the Syngenta Foundation co-edited the new book.


real21 – die Welt verstehen

media release by Alliance Sud about the launch of a media fund and prize for reporting on subjects of global development


Swiss JPO positions

SDC funds 11 positions in the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) program to an attractive entry opportunity into the United Nations system.


"Die Grüne Revolution war ein totaler Misserfolg"

interview in the NZZ with Miguel Altieri


The listing of a highly hazardous Paraquat formulation blocked

press release by Berne Declaration about the failure of the country delegates, to agree to list a formulation of the herbicide paraquat under the Rotterdam Convention about hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade


The International Year of Soils at FiBL

media release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) presenting its diverse activities in the area of soils and soil fertility


First sparks of r4d projects in the thematic fields of Ecosystems and Food Security

News by the r4d programme about the r4d Forum 2015 Ecosystems and Food Security, an event to stimulate exchange, discussion and debate among researchers, review panel members, representatives from development policy and practice and funders.


High number of pre-proposals submitted in the r4d Thematically Open Call 2

short information by the r4d Programme about the feedback to its second thematically open call for r4d projects


Call: Learning Events Programme

KFPE invites submissions for this programme that supports researchers from developing countries involved in research partnerships with a Swiss institution and promotes interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. Deadline: 1 June 2015


Good news and bad news for oil palm smallholders

article in ETH Zukunftsblog about the mixed effects of low palm oil prices on small-holders; at least the massive ‘land grabbing’ by oil palm companies in Africa are somewhat alleviated for now.


Call: Kick-start activities with partners in Africa

This programme by the University of Basel intends to incentivize and further collaboration between Swiss and African researchers by focusing on the following kick-starting instruments: Exchange visits, Joint seminars, Joint Workshops; Applications can be handed in on a rolling basis until the available funding line has been reached.


Syngenta publishes data to unlock environmental, social and economic value

media release by Syngenta about the publication of a broad range of data on its six commitments in The Good Growth Plan and about its collaboration with the Open Data Institute, an independent, non-profit open data expert


Patents for Humanity Award 2015

this awards competition recognizes patent owners and licensees working to improve global health and living standards for the less fortunate, among the winners is the Golden Rice Project


Celebrating soils

post in ETH Zukunftsblog by Prof. Johan Six about the significance of healthy soils for all life on earth, and about the necessity to use advances in soil knowledge to manage soils more sustainably


Nestlé invests CHF 80 million in factory for decaffeinated coffee beans

media release by Nestlé about its new coffee factory in Vietnam that will decaffeinate green coffee beans for use as raw materials in Nestlé’s coffee factories around the world to meet rising consumer demand for decaffeinated coffee


Of pastures and oil palm

post in ETH Zukunftsblog by PhD student John Garcia-Ulloa about the potential of using pasture lands to develop oil palm cultivation in South America


Seed Money Grants for projects with Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru

the grants seek to initiate or intensify research collaboration between Switzerland and these five countries, researchers of Swiss universities from all disciplines can apply, deadline: 26 May 2015


Syprobio project presented at Expo Milano 2015

news by FiBL about the presentation at Expo Milano of its Syprobio project in West Africa that has been developed by farmers and researchers together with the aim to combine industrial management with organic farming


Call for FLASH Research Projects with India

The FLASH Research Programme is a new funding instrument that allows researchers of all disciplines to react immediately to exceptional events in India by setting up joint research projects, applications will be accepted until the earmarked funds have been fully allocated


Significant progress made in first year of The Good Growth Plan

media release by Syngenta about its first update on progress towards meeting the six commitments in The Good Growth Plan, which was launched in 2013 with the aim to support the future sustainability of agriculture and rural communities


Call for Nominations: GCHERA World Agriculture Prize 2015

the prize - sponsored by Nanjing Agricultural University - will be awarded to an academic/faculty member from a higher education institution working in the area of agricultural and life sciences in recognition of the academic/faculty member’s life time achievements, deadline for nominations: 25 April 2015


Evolutionary dead-end as a success model

article in ETH News about the work of ETH Ecologists who explain how the double coconut palm of the Seychelles grows the largest and heaviest seeds despite low nutrient levels


“We want to improve ‘R, D & D’ : the second D means delivery”

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interview with Camille Renou who coordinates the Syngenta Foundation's "Seeds2B" programme in West Africa that helps smallholder access better seeds


Swiss support for the development of organic agriculture in Albania

media release by FiBL about the launch - together with the Swiss Government - of a project supporting an Albanian organic certification body to offer professional inspection and certification services in order to facilitate access of small and medium enterprises to international markets


Tropentag 2015 Berlin: Call for papers

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The conferences theme is Management of Land Use Systems for Enhanced Food Security: Conflicts, Controversies and Resolutions


Bundesrat gegen Stopp der Nahrungsmittelspekulation

press release by alliancesud about the Swiss Government's rejection of a referendum agains speculation with food commodities


Call 2015: ERC Advanced Grants

this call by the European Research Council supports ground-breaking, ambitious research projects of excellent established Principal Investigators with a recognised track record of research achievements.


Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) designated an FAO Reference Centre

press release by SIB about its appointment as FAO Reference Center, that is collaborating with FAO on the screening, monitoring and follow-up of zoonotic diseases such as avian influenza, and also on animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease.


Call: SNIS Award 2015 for best thesis in international studies

the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) awards the best PhD thesis in any area of international studies defended at a Swiss University in the calendar year 2014. Deadline for submissions: 9 April 2015


ICARDA: Agrarforschung für ein besseres Leben

editorial in Agrarforschung about the work of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the support by Switzerland


Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development

this call by USAID, Governments of Sweden and Germany, Duke Energy Corporation and OPIC is looking for new and sustainable technologies and business models for Clean Energy Solutions that increase agricultural productivity and/or value in developing countries; deadline for concept notes: 12 February 2015


Call: Doc.Mobility Fellowships

these fellowships by SNF are designed for doctoral students with Swiss nationality (or permanent residence) who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad; next deadline for submission: 01.03.2015


Den Preis für das billige Pflanzenöl bezahlen die Bauern

news by Swissaid about a press conference in Abidjan informing about the acquisition of land by multinational companies for palm oil production and the negative consequences for local small-scale farmers


Call for papers: Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology in Zurich

In 2015 the Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology will be held at ETH Zurich from 7 to 10 April under the title "Resilience of Tropical Ecosystems: Future challenges and opportunities." The deadline for submission of abstracts as well as early registration has been extended to Wednesday 14 January 2015!


Optimizing the use of water for drip irrigation

information by CODEV/EPFL about an irrigation project that alerts small producers in the semi-arid regions of Burkina Faso to the best time to irrigate by the means of wireless sensor technology


FAO-FiBL Workshop - a knowledge exchange forum for greening of food value chains

FAOs framework, with a focus on "greening of food value chains" (GFVC) has been discussed at a workshop organized in collaboration with FIBL in Rome on November 27 and 28. The proceedings will be uploaded mid-December.


Offene Tür bei Alliance Sud InfoDoc

Alliance Sud InfoDoc celebrates an open house the 22nd of January 2015.


Einspruch gegen Monsantos Klima-Patent auf Sojabohnen

press release by Berne Declaration on its apeal - together with other NGOs - against a patent granted by the European Patent Office to Monsanto for genetic selection of drought resistant soybean


Three new long-term research projects for CDE

information by CDE about three new projects it is involved in under the r4d programme: Food Sustainability, Telecoupled Landscapes and Invasive Species


International Centre for Land use and Bio-resources mooted

Article in the Hindu on an Indo-Swiss research unit proposed at Pondicherry University


Call: Young Scientists Networking Conference on Integrated Science

The International Social Science Council and the International Council for Science are planning to assemble a group of early career researchers with diverse backgrounds and research perspectives to reflect on Future Sustainability and the role of Science; deadline for applications: 22 December 2014


Call: ERC Consolidator Grants

These grants support excellent Principal Investigators by funding their ground-breaking, ambitious research projects in any research area. Researchers at Swiss host institutions are fully eligible. Deadline: 12 March 2015


Call: Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize

with this prize Nestlé aims to help business-oriented initiatives that address challenges in nutrition, water, or rural development, to scale-up or be replicated; deadline for submissions: 28 February 2015


First Socio-Economic Atlas of Kenya released by CDE and partners

The Atlas combines geographic and socio-economic data and enables readers to gain a spatial understanding of dynamics affecting Kenya; the Atlas is the result of a collaboration between two Kenyan institutions and the Center for Development and Environment (CDE) in Bern, Switzerland


New SFIAR President and Vice-President

At its last meeting on 30 October 2014 the SFIAR has elected Beate Huber (FiBL) as its new president and Michelle Grant (ETH) as its new vice-president


SNIS Call for Projects 2015

the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams in any area of international studies; among the 2015 special subjects is "Marrying development and sustainable production & consumption regimes"; submission deadline: 22 January 2015


Mehr als 40 Prozent des Ackerlandes in China ist geschädigt

short article by LID about the alarming deterioration of soil quality in China due to soil degradation and industrial pollution


Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians at the Salone del Gusto 2014

media release by FiBL about the presentation of the Ukrainian Carpathians Trademark to a large international audience by four Ukrainian companies as part of the Swiss-Ukrainian Organic Market Development Project, funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented by FiBL


Eight new r4d projects approved

the funding decisions for the thematic research modules "Ecosystems" and "Food Security" have been made within the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development"; the descriptions of the new r4d projects are available on the r4d website


SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network Newsletter 10/2014

The October issue of the Network Newsletter features contributions by Network Members on: fresh fruit and vegetable markets, climate resilient development in E&S Africa, seed security for food security and on small farmer participative innovation.


Videos of Conference "Food Security - Science and Public Trust"

videos of the presentations and discussions held at the 13th Dialogue on Science entitled "Food Security - Science and Public Trust" where 180 scientists from many different disciplines from all over the world discussed approaches to resolve the problem of hunger


Call: Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food

The Agropolis Fondation honours individuals, or a group of individuals, for promoting innovation through research, development and capacity building in order to improve food and agricultural systems sustainability. Deadline for submission: 4 December 2014


New Project: Reshaping coexistence of different food systems in South America & Africa

short description of a new research project granted by the SNF and SDC and coordinated by Geneva Academy and University of Bern that focuses on empirical research into the factors that influence food sustainability within and between different food systems coexisting in selected regions of Bolivia and Kenya


No-till farming only beneficial in dry regions

article in ETH News about a major overview study by an international team of researchers, including ETH scientists, examining the yields achieved through conservation agriculture in various regions around the world


Oil palm in Africa: an opportunity too good to miss?

blog post in the ETH Zukunftsblog by ETH doctoral student John Garcia-Ulloa on the ongoing oil-palm expansion in Africa


New alliance drives innovation for African food security

The new Alliance for Agricultural R&D for Food Security brings together the Australian International Food Security Research Centre (AIFSRC) in ACIAR, the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) and the Crawford Fund.


Towards healthy soils - organic matter matters

The journal Farming Matters calls for articles


Call for Contributions: World Food System Conference 2015

Call by the World Food System Center of ETH Zurich for contributions to its international conference taking place on Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland from 21 to 26 June 2015


Call for pilot activities with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam

Call by ETH Zurich and EPFL offering grants to researchers from Switzerland for people exchange, conferences and workshops or for seed funding for initiating larger joint activities. Deadline for application: 23 November 2014.


Insekten – wichtige Akteure für die Nahrungsmittelsicherheit

interview by SDC with Segenet Kelemu, director general of the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), an African research institute SDC has been supporting for many years


Nestlé inaugurates major Dairy Farming Institute in China

press release by Nestlé about the inauguration of a big dairy farming institute in Northeast China as an effort to help modernise Chinese dairy farming practices to enable farmers to sustainably meet the country’s fast-growing milk demand


Profiting from the private sector – so seeds meet needs

press release by the Alliance for Agricultural R&D for Food Security (including Syngenta Foundation) about the launch of a projects that aims to ensure that new crop varieties better meet the needs of African smallholders and their customers


Projekt-Abschluss: Förderung des Biolandbaus an Universitäten in Südosteuropa

press release by FiBL about the successful conclusion of a SCOPES-Project aiming to improve university teaching in the area of biological agriculture in Southeastern Europe


Weltweit gibt es weniger Hungernde

article in the newspaper Suedostschweiz, wherein the Deutsche Welhungerhilfe pointed to the fact, that hunger was reduced 39 percent since 1990.


SDC project wins prize for innovative approach

press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs about the “mini seed packs” initiative supported by SDC being awarded a prize by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in Paris


CAS Nachhaltige Entwicklung

information by CDE about its Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Sustainable Development, a course for professionals providing solid knowledge, offering room for reflexion and leading to implementation according to the needs of participants


ERC Starting Grant 2015: Call Now Open

information by Euresearch about the Call for ERC Starting Grants supporting excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Deadline for submissions: 3 February 2015


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