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



Microorganisms, mixed crops and recycled fertilizer may help date palm cultivation

news by FiBL about a project in Morocco and Tunisia aiming to establish a novel organic bio-fertilizer technology in order to counter the harsh environmental conditions and the spread of root diseases that are threatening date palm cultivation


ERC Consolidator Grants Call 2017

The Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team. Deadline: 9 February 2017


The worldwide race to own fertile land

article on about the worrying rise in foreign investors buying up land in poor countries, analyzed in the new report of the Land Matrix project


Baselbieter Firma hilft Afrikanischen Bauern

article in "bz Basellandschaftliche Zeitung" about an easy-to-use tool developed by the company Bioreba that allows African smallholders to diagnose the maize pest «Maize Lethal Necrosis» at an early stage


Grosse Unterschiede bei der Palmölbeschaffung

media release by WWF Switzerland about the performance of Swiss companies in the new palmoil rating of WWF International, based on the criteria defined by the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO)


New advisory tool on Animal-friendly pig husbandry in Africa

information by FiBL on a new advisory tool for trainers in Swaziland that explains the natural behaviour and needs of pigs, draws conclusions for animal-friendly husbandry systems and presents proven solutions as well as relevant additional information on production issues


The future of plant breeding

post by Dr. Johannes Fütterer in ETH Zukunftsblog about new techniques (CRISPR/Cas) making it possible to modify plants precisely and in a way that they cannot be distinguished from those modified with conventional breeding techniques, raising therefore the question whether the resulting product should be regarded as GMO or not


International Geneva Award 2016

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) gives this award to the three best papers published on a subject related to International Studies by professors or post-doctoral researchers working in a Swiss university. Deadline for submissions: 5 October 2016


r4d programme explained in new brochure

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The SDC and the SNF are jointly funding partnerships between researchers in Switzerland and in African, Asian and Latin American countries under the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme). A new brochure introduces the programme in German, English, French and Spanish


Neue Verantwortlichkeiten in der BLW-Geschäftsleitung

The responsibilities in the management of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) have been reassigned.


WOCAT launches new global database on sustainable land management

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) – a global network dedicated to documenting and promoting sustainable land management – have revamped their global database on sustainable land management practices advocated by the UNCCD as the primary recommended database in this area


“Smallholders could meet much more of Africa’s soybean demand”

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interview with James Wathiru working for Syngenta Foundation in Kenya with the aim to improve smallholders' access to good soya seeds


Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 Update Now Online

news by Euresearch on the calls and other actions of the second year of the two-year Horizon 2020 Work Programmes, among them Work Programme 9 encompassing food security and sustainable agriculture


Call: OGG-Award 2016

Der OGG-Award 2016 fördert Jungunternehmerinnen und Jungunternehmer in der Schweiz, die sich für ein nachhaltiges Ernährungssystem einsetzen. Deadline für Anmeldungen: 30. August 2016


Geographical indication training in Colombia

News by FiBL about a training on Geographical Indications and origin-based food and non-food products organized by FiBL and other partners working in the frame of the Colombian-Swiss Intellectual Property Project (COLIPRI)


SNSF Project Funding

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) provides project funding to enable researchers to conduct research projects on self-chosen topics. SNSF covers research costs, staff salaries and funding of scientific cooperation, networking and communication, but not the salaries of applicants. Submission deadline: 1 October 2016


Call for Inputs: 7th GFRAS Annual Meeting

The 7th GFRAS Annual Meeting "The Role of Rural Advisory Services for Inclusive Agripreneurship" will be a learning event, offering participants many opportunities to contribute with their experiences and knowledge. Deadline for submission of inputs and for registration: 20 July 2016


FiBL intensiviert Zusammenarbeit mit China - Botschafter der Volksrepublik China in der Schweiz zu Besuch in Frick

Press release of a visit of the Chinese ambassador at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL) confirming the mutual interest on further collaboration in agricultural research among Chinese agricultural research institutes and the FIBL.


BLW-Direktor Lehmann trifft chinesischen Vizeagrarminister Chen Xiaohua

Press release on a meeting Swiss-Chinese meeting of agricultural subjects: The director to of the Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, Mr. Bernhard Lehmann met the Chinse Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Chen Xiaohua. They agreed that the dialogue on agricultural research between the two counties should be intensified.


Organic equals conventional agriculture in the tropics

press release by FiBL about its long-term study in Kenya showing that organic agriculture not only generates comparable yields, but also produces more income for farmers than conventional methods


KFPE's 11 principles on research partnerships explained

KFPE has launched a microsite and a youtube channel to raise awareness of its 11 principles and 7 questions for building transboundary research partnerships. Brief explanations of the principles are complemented by video testimonials of researchers.


Freihandel: Bundesrat will Palmöl nicht ausklammern

news by LID about the rejection by the Swiss Government of a motion to exclude palm oil from a free trade agreement with Malaysia


Public Consultation on Horizon 2020 Food Security Work Programme 2018-2020

The European Commission organizes a public consultation on its Horizon 2020 ‘Food Security, Sustainable Sgriculture and Forestry, Marine and Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy’ Work Programme 2018-2020; the consultation is open until 28 August 2016


First Organic Science Day held at BIOFACH China 2016

news by FiBL about the first Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum in China held in conjunction with the organic trade fair BIOFACH China 2016 and accompanied by the foundation of a regional group of the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM in China


Swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network

news by KFPE about the decision of the Swiss Conference of Higher Education to finance a project to develop a Swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network


Fleisch essen oder nicht?

post by Isabelle Gangnat in ETH Zukunftsblog on meat consumption and the sustainability of intensive and extensive livestock production systems


Pre-Announcement of Call: ERA-NET Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences

The ERA-CAPS Call will be launched on 23 June 2016. It covers all areas of molecular plant science and it is directed at consortia of ERA-CAPS network partner countries (among them Switzerland); third countries can be included.


External review of international biodiversity assessments (drafts)

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services opens its biodiversity assessments (one thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration and four regional assessments) for review by external experts. Deadline for submission of comments: 11 July 2016


Kein Freihandel für malaysisches Palmöl

media release by a group of Swiss NGOs and associations about their petition to exclude palm oil from the planned free trade agreement between Switzerland and Malaysia


Call for Proposals - Research Fair on the Agenda 2030

SDC and KFPE are jointly organising a 2nd Research Fair to provide an opportunity for exchange and dialogue between science, policy, and practice on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development; Swiss researchers can submit descriptions of projects to be presented until 19 June 2016.


Call: Student reporter at the Tropentag 2016

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The Tropentag is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. In a blog and other media student reporters will summarize discussions. Students affiliated to a European university can apply until 1 July 2016


CDE hosts Global Land Project's International Project Office

The Global Land Project is an interdisciplinary community of science and practice that promotes the study of land system changes as a cause, consequence, and solution to global change processes.


Évaluer les décisions sur l’agriculture dans le paquet de Nairobi

Article publish by Jonathan Hepburn in the journal Passerelles, Volume 17, Number 2


Nutrition - New Focus Area of SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network

As part of an effort to raise general awareness on the relevance of nutrition to SDC’s work the SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network has set up a new focus area "Nutrition" on its Website providing key graphs and documents, information on the SDC Working Group Nutrition and examples of SDC projects.


SNIS Award 2016

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) is rewarding the best thesis in international studies (large spectrum of academic disciplines) defended in a Swiss University in 2015; deadline for submissions: 20 May 2016


The Good Growth Plan: progress made across all commitments

media release by Syngenta about progress made with its Good Growth Plan, which comprises six commitments for 2020 to support the sustainability of agriculture and the development of rural communities


OECD Agrarministertreffen - Bundesrat genehmigt Mandat der Schweizer Delegation

news by the Federal Office for Agriculture on the mandate of the Swiss delegation for the upcoming meeting of ministers of agriculture


ETH World Food System Grants Platform Supports 8 New Projects

news by the ETH World Food System Center about eight new cross-disciplinary, food system research projects that well be funded through the Center's two core research programs, the Mercator Research Program and the Coop Research Program


World Food System Summer School 2016 - Applications now open

The ETH Zurich World Food System Center calls for applications for this year’s Summer School: “Organic Agriculture and Food Systems” (7-21 August 2016, Rheinau, Switzerland) bringing together students, researchers, and practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines and cultures. Deadline for applications: 23 March 2016


SDC Experience Capitalization in Pastoralism

The sub-group "Pastoralism" of SDC’s Agriculture and Food Security Network has organized an experience capitalization process addressing core challenges of pastoralism in Africa. As a key output a series of biefs on priority themes have been produced, complemented by a multimedia story of the CapEx process.


WOCAT tablet app

news by CDE about the lauch of a new tablet app by the World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) network, introducing the user to Sustainable Land Management


Master of Advanced Studies in Development and Cooperation (ETH-NADEL)

With this MAS students who already have a Master’s degree can acquire an understanding of local and global development challenges as well as the tools and methods to find innovative solutions to address them. Deadline for applications: 29 February 2016


Federal Council adopts Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017–2020

media release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs about the Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017–20, which the Federal Council has submitted to Parliament


New professorship at CDE

news by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) about the appointment of Peter Messerli to a newly created professorship in sustainable development at CDE


Call for Papers: Tropentag 2016 in Vienna

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The organizers of Tropentag 2016 (18.09.-21.09.2016, Vienna, Austria) are calling for papers related to the conference subject "Solidarity in a competing world – fair use of resources". Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 April 2016


ICIPE und Agroscope konkretisieren ihre Zusammenarbeit

news by Agroscope about a joint workshop with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenia and future plans of collaboration especially in the area of biological and integrated control of pests


Consultancy for new SDC livestock project in Mongolia

Swiss Cooperation Office in Mongolia is looking to hire 2 short term international consultants to support the merger of two major livestock projects in Mongolia. Deadline for proposals: 4 March 2016


Improved harvest for small farms thanks to naturally cloned crops

A nearly 80-year-old idea of natural cloning via seeds may boost the harvest of farmers in the future. Researchers from the University of Zurich have now demonstrated that this idea actually works.


Hehre Hülsenfrüchte (Teil 1): Von wegen nicht die Bohne

post by Prof. Achim Walter in ETH Zukunftsblog about the importance of pulses for global agriculture


Strategic partnership for customized sustainability assessments in the food sector

media release by FiBL about a strategic partnership with the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL and the Sustainable Food Systems GmbH SFS with the aim to offer tailored sustainability solutions from a single source


Scientific mission to Kenya

From 13 to 15 January, a Swiss scientific delegation was in Kenya to assess the potential for collaboration with renowned institutions in the country. As its economy has been growing, the country intends to double its investment in research in the years to come. Therefore, discussions were held on how to encourage new research partnerships.


Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance

10 - 18 March 2016 & 26 May - 3 June 2016; applications are open now.


Colloquium on Research for Development - Call for Applications

The colloquium will take place on Friday, 13 May and Friday, 20 May 2016 at ETH Zürich. Doctoral candidates, whose research is related to development issues, are invited to give a presentation. Deadline for registration: 28 February 2016


Call: Stepping Stone Symposia or other Workshops (Switzerland-China)

This call aims to provide a platform where Swiss and Chinese researchers can explore one another’s willingness to collaborate, and/or have in-depth discussions of future collaborations; the subject area is open, and the call ends when funding for the budget year is exhausted.


Oil Palm: Beyond Controversy

Post by Dr. Claude Garcia in ETH Zukunftsblog about the complexities of oil palm development discussed in the context of a current r4d project on the future of oil palm in tropical landscapes


Klimavereinbarung ignoriert die Landwirtschaft

press release by Biovision criticizing that the Paris Agreement on climate change does not mention agriculture


Nutzung genetischer Ressourcen: Nagoya-Verordnung verabschiedet

The Swiss Federal Council have passed the Nagoya Regulation. The Regulation shall become effective on 1. February 2016.


3rd Call for proposals to develop good practice notes

With the aim to provide information about extension approaches and methods in easy-to-understand, standardised formats the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS) is calling for succinct, simple notes on various aspects of extension, especially on gender and nutrtion. Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2015


CAS in African Affairs and Intercultural Competence

This Certificate of Advanced Studies of the University of Basel equips professionals working in an African context with the knowledge, skills and resources to efficiently and sustainably communicate, collaborate and organise. Deadline for applications: 28 February 2016


SFIAR Award ceremony event was a success

The Award ceremony event organized by SFIAR at the University of Bern under the title "Orphan crops and agrobiodiversity - Potential and challenges for food and nutrition security" attracted over 70 particpants. Have a look at the photos!


CDEdatablog - Engage in Sustainable Development

The Centre of Development and Environment (CDE) has recently launched this blog with the aim to provide a low-barrier service for scientific topics and to support researchers in the areas of data visualization, data analysis, and data management.


Advancing the right to gender equality and food in Cambodia

News by the Graduate Institute about a visit to Cambodia in the context of the recently launched r4d project "Land Commercialisation, Gendered Agrarian Transformation and the Right to Food"


FiBL and Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre sign contract

Media release by FiBL on a new mandate to establish a centre for organic agriculture in the United Arab Emirates in cooperation with local institutions, researchers and farmers


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