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

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19.12.2014

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


09.12.2014

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.


08.12.2014

Offene Tür bei Alliance Sud InfoDoc

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


05.12.2014

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


28.11.2014

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


24.11.2014

International Centre for Land use and Bio-resources mooted

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


21.11.2014

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


14.11.2014

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


14.11.2014

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


14.11.2014

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


07.11.2014

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


07.11.2014

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


07.11.2014

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


07.11.2014

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


31.10.2014

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


24.10.2014

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.


24.10.2014

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


24.10.2014

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


24.10.2014

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


24.10.2014

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


24.10.2014

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


21.10.2014

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.


21.10.2014

Towards healthy soils - organic matter matters

The journal Farming Matters calls for articles


17.10.2014

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


17.10.2014

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.


17.10.2014

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


17.10.2014

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


17.10.2014

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


17.10.2014

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


13.10.2014

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.


10.10.2014

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


10.10.2014

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


10.10.2014

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


08.10.2014

r4d Programme: 2nd thematically open call

the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development" (r4d Programme) invites researchers from Switzerland with their partners from Africa, Asia and Latin America to submit projects in all thematic areas. Deadline for submissions: 6 February 2015


02.10.2014

Food wastage costs the world 2.6 trillion dollars each year

Media release on the publishing of the FAO’s final report on Food wastage footprint, which contains scientific inputs from the FIBL revealing the social costs of food waste


29.09.2014

Switzerland’s role in negotiations for a new development agenda: building bridges, influencing outcomes, offering concrete proposals

An interview with Ambassador Michael Gerber, special representative for global sustainable development


19.09.2014

Climate Change: Rules of thumb turned upside down

article in ETH News about a new analysis of land regions, in which ETH climate researchers are challenging the general climate change precept that dry regions are getting drier and wet regions are getting wetter


19.09.2014

The Good Growth Plan on track one year after launch

news release by Syngenta about the progress - one year after its launch - of the "Good Growth Plan" in which Syngenta has formulated six measurable commitments for the year 2020 to help address the global food security challenge


19.09.2014

Durchsichtiges Greenwashing: Syngentas «Good Growth Plan» ist eine Mogelpackung

media release and report by Erklärung von Bern criticising Syngenta's «Good Growth Plan» for hiding the main problems by selectively choosing targets and indicators


15.09.2014

A new rice cultivation method: hard work, but successful

SWISSAID has supported more widespread use of the “System of Rice Intensification” (SRI) in Myanmar. Farmers have said that they could boost up the rice yield and the family income.


15.09.2014

Partial association of Switzerland to Horizon 2020

Switzerland and the EU have found an agreement for a so-called partial association to Horizon 2020.


12.09.2014

International Geneva Award 2014

call by SNIS for its International Geneva Award aiming to encourage scientists working in a Swiss university to produce publications that are particularly relevant for International Organisations. Deadline for submissions: 6 October 2014


12.09.2014

Swiss Government Scholarships for Foreign Scholars 2015-2016

The Swiss government awards scholarships to foreign researchers that provide graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in Switzerland at one of the public funded university or recognised institution; details and deadlines depend on country of origin.


12.09.2014

Pre-announcement: Second r4d thematically open call

the joint SDC-SNSF "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development" (r4d) will launch the second thematically open call on 8 October 2014; the deadline for the submission of the pre-proposals is scheduled for 6 February 2015


12.09.2014

Helvetas Clip Award: Hunger Games

view the submitted videos illustrating critical aspects of global food production and consumption


12.09.2014

Call: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

information by Eursearch about the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action offering funding for institutions which are actively involved in research and training; Swiss organisations can only be partners in an ITN and receive funding directly from the Swiss Government; the call will close on 13 January 2015


04.09.2014

ETH Zurich in Africa

news by ETH Zurich about a memorandum of understanding with Stellenbosch University in South Africa to advance science and technology for the benefit of society in the areas of sustainable production systems, human nutrition, and conservation ecology


03.09.2014

Participatory research – an efficient tool to empower farmers and foster innovation

media release by FiBL about the outcomes of a Symposium on participatory agricultural research attended by experts and partners of FiBL's "Farming Systems Comparison in the Tropics" project


03.09.2014

Water footprint: successful Swiss commitment to the new ISO standard on water usage

press release by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on the adoption of a new ISO standard for conducting a water footprint assessment, the development of which has been actively supported by Swiss agencies


29.08.2014

Winter School 2015: “Global Water Challenges”

The Winter School is organized by ETH Zürich within its Engineering for Development (E4D) programme. It is directed at Master and PhD Students and will mainly focus on Water & Health, Water & Food, and Water & Energy. Deadline for applications: 12 October 2014


29.08.2014

Guatemala bittet wegen Dürre um Hilfe

article in "20 Minuten" about the current drought in Guatemala and about protests against a new law allowing for patents on seed


19.08.2014

Successful final workshop on the promotion of organic farming in South-East Europe

news by FiBL about the SCOPES project ‘Promoting university education in organic farming in South-East Europe’ and its final workshop that took place from 22 to 23 May 2014 in Tirana, Albania


19.08.2014

Decision on Publication of SNSF Advanced Grant Postponed

information by Euresearch recommending interested researchers to be ready to submit to the ERC Advanced Grant by 21 October


15.08.2014

A family that no longer fears failure

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portrait by Syngenta Foundation of a Kenyan farmer family that has recently signed up for a farm insurance offered by the Foundation's Kilimo Salama program


12.08.2014

Verhandlungserfolg bei Grundsätzen für verantwortungsvolle Investitionen in die Landwirtschaft

news by the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on the successful completion of negotiations in the Committee on World Food Security about Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investments


08.08.2014

Call: "World Food System" Grants

The ETH World Food System Center calls for submissions for its two research programs "Sustainability in Food Value Chains" and "Organic Production Systems for Food Security" (note: Principal Investigators must be members of the Center). Submission deadline: 1 November 2014


05.08.2014

Appel: Prix CSRS – Fonds Eremitage pour la recherche scientifique en partenariat

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Le prix a pour but d’honorer des chercheurs pour l’excellence de leur contribution à la recherche en partenariat entre des institutions scientifiques au Nord et en Côte d’Ivoire et/ou dans des pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest. Délai de soumission: 31 décembre 2014


05.08.2014

Die Schweiz forscht - für die Welt

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In an interview with Coopzeitung Michelle Grant, Executive Director of the ETH World Food System Center, talks about the Center and its mission and about the four research projects on sustainability in food value chains that are supported by the Coop Reserach Program


29.07.2014

Integrated Crop Management: New Masters/Diploma of Advanced Studies

Launched by CABI, the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland and the Jura Canton, this new programme will offer individuals from around the world the opportunity to learn about sound crop management principles and to explore solutions that can be incorporated into practice and policy back home. Deadline for application: 1 September 2014


16.07.2014

Call for articles: Nutritional values and family farming

The last issue of Farming Matters for 2014 will focus on how family farming. The editional team of the magazine looks forward to receiving articles on the topic of nutrition.


04.07.2014

Switzerland and IGAD sign framework agreement on partnership and cooperation

press release by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs about the signing of a framework agreement between Switzerland and IGAD (an organisation of 8 countries in the Horn of Africa) for increased cooperation in food security, migration, peace and security, as well as in the field of science.


01.07.2014

Farmers from different backgrounds get together in Switzerland

news by SDC about a one-day conference on family farming held in Grangeneuve that provided an occasion for friendly and informative discussions between farmers from different countries


01.07.2014

SNSF Advanced Grants: call expected in mid-August

information by SNSF on its plans to launch a call for SNSF Advanced Grants to replace the ERC Advanced Grants, from which researchers in Switzerland are currently excluded


01.07.2014

Call for Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security

The call is aimed at recognising and promoting the visibility of best practices represented by policies, technologies, know-how, services and products, related to the theme of EXPO Milano 2015 "Feeding the planet, Energy for life". Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2014


27.06.2014

Horizon 2020: Support for researchers in Switzerland

the Swiss Federal Council has approved interim measures to support researchers in Switzerland who are involved in projects and programmes financed under Horizon 2020 and who will no longer receive any funding from Brussels


27.06.2014

Hunger Games – Dreh deinen Film!

Helvetas Clip Award 2014

with its Clip Award 2014 Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation is looking for creative video clips on the subject hunger and nutrition, deadline for submissions: 31 August 2014


20.06.2014

Is organic farming the prototype for sustainable agriculture?

news by FiBL about a new book with this title, edited by INRA and with contributions from FiBL researchers


16.06.2014

«Der Mensch muss beim Kampf gegen die Wüstenbildung im Zentrum bleiben»

An interview with Mr. Yves Guinand, programme officer within the SDC's Food Security Section on the combat of desertification and drought


11.06.2014

Call for papers: Vulnerability & resilience to natural hazards & disasters in mountains

The journal "Mountain Research and Development" is seeking policy- and practice-oriented, well-validated insights into the effectiveness of disaster risk reduction and recovery approaches in mountains. Deadline for submissions of papers: 15 September 2014


11.06.2014

New Research Projects Funded through ETH World Food System Center Programs

This spring, six new research projects were funded through the Center’s two competitive research programs, “Sustainability in food value chains” (Coop Research Program) and “Organic and agroecological systems for food security” (Mercator Research Program).


30.05.2014

SCOPES 2013-2016: second call

The SCOPES programme boosts scientific co-operation between research groups and institutions in Switzerland and in Eastern Europe. A second call is currently open for the following funding schemes: Conference Grants, Institutional Partnerships, Preparatory Grants and Valorisation Grants. Submission deadline: 15.11.2014


28.05.2014

Blog of SDC A+FS Network Meeting

follow and comment the discussions of the SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network F2F Meeting (2-6 June 2014, Thun, Switzerland)


26.05.2014

Agrarspekulation: Kampagnen kontraproduktiv

an article, published in the schweizerbauer.ch explaining why the NGO’s campaign against food speculation might be counterproductive


23.05.2014

r4d Programme: First 17 research projects have started their work

news by r4d about the start of the first projects within the framework of the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development"


23.05.2014

"We have managed to improve the public perception of farming"

interview by SDC with Nino Zambakhidze, Chairwoman of the Georgian Farmers Association, about her successful career as a farmer and entrepreneur in Georgia


16.05.2014

SDC development cooperation with Mongolia

article by SDC on its activities in Mongolia focusing on agriculture and food security, vocational education and training, and decentralisation


16.05.2014

FiBL-Projekt in der Ukraine trotzt der politischen Krise

press release by FiBL on its project to develop the organic market in Ukraine; while the current political crisis has some impact on project acitivities it confirms the importance to improve the access of Ukrainian farmers to international markets.


12.05.2014

Demand-Driven Plant Variety Design: Sowing the seeds that meet customers' needs

The Syngenta Foundation explains its view of "demand-driven" approach to R&D.


09.05.2014

Video: Helvetas Benin Shea Butter Project

Short video on a Helvetas project that provides training support for shea butter production in Benin.


09.05.2014

China will Handel mit Afrika verdoppeln

article on schweizerbauer.ch about China's intention to double its trade with Africa


05.05.2014

CABI, UniNE et Canton du Jura : un master pour une agriculture durable

CABI and the University of Neuchâtel (UniNE) are preparing in collaboration with the canton Jura a post graduate formation in Integrated crop management.


05.05.2014

Kochen mit Gas aus dem Schweinestall

Article published in die Tierwelt on pigs, biogaz and sanitation


02.05.2014

Ten years of development cooperation in Mongolia – in pictures

short overview of SDC's cooperation activities in Mongolia


02.05.2014

Swissaid fordert „Tatbeweis“ von Syngenta

information by Swissaid about its intervention at the Syngenta General Assembly critizising inconsistencies in Syngenta's „Good Growth Plan“


25.04.2014

Call: International Geneva Incubator Workshops 2014

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) supports workshops that foster collaboration between International Organisations and Swiss academics in the domain of international studies. Deadline for submissions: 4 June 2014


25.04.2014

Farming in times of climate change – a FiBL project in search of sustainable systems

press release by FiBL on the recent launch of a project, where FiBL’s scientists are devising ways to make land uses water-efficient and nutrient-efficient, thus enhancing productivity and food security in arid zones.


14.04.2014

"Changes must take place in both donor and recipient states"

interview with Martin Dahinden Director-General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


14.04.2014

Feminisation, agricultural transition and rural employment (FATE)

new project starting in May 2014 within the Swiss r4d programm and aiming to analyse the effects of the increasing integration of rural women and men into export-led agriculture


11.04.2014

Syngenta and UNCCD build partnership for a Soil Leadership Academy

press release by Syngenta about the establishment of an Academy that aims to address the soil conservation challenge globally; it will engage research institutes, universities, and on-the-ground practitioners to share knowledge and expertise in soil conservation and sustainable land management


11.04.2014

Call for Marie Sklodowska-Curie 'COFUND' Action

To encourage researchers to move across borders, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions offer additional funding to support existing or new regional, national and international doctoral and fellowship programmes for research training and career development.


08.04.2014

Call: Syngenta Photography Award

Syngenta announces that the second Syngenta Photography Award is now open for entries. The Award theme is "Scarcity-Waste". Professional and amateur photographers from all over the world are invited to submit their applications until 15 September 2014.


07.04.2014

Partners improve food supply and smallholders’ income

Media release on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Syngenta Foundation Bangladesh and PRAN Agro Business Limited signed in Dhaka. The agreement enables PRAN to provide better supports and buy high-quality produce from smallholders, who can therefore earn better incomes.


04.04.2014

New project on the economic performance of organic farming in Africa

FiBL and IFOAM, together with partners in Ghana and Kenya, have recently launched the project "ProEcoOrganicAfrica" with the aim to get a scientific data set on how productive and economically efficient organic farms in Africa are.


31.03.2014

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability

the Working Group II contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just been published


28.03.2014

Farmforce - The Integrated Mobile Platform to manage smallholder farming

Syngenta Foundation has launched Farmforce with the support of Seco and others to help smallholders gain access to formal markets and improve the effectiveness of outgrower schemes; a new Farmforce website has just been published.


24.03.2014

Agrotreibstoffe: Wegweisendes Gesetz verabschiedet

The Swiss parliament approves a more strict regulation for tax reduction on agrofuels. In the future, agrofuels that are used or produced in Switzerland must conform to stricter ecological and social standards.


21.03.2014

Call for kick-starting projects

Funding line of the University of Basel to finance kick-start activities with partners in Africa with the aim to incentivize and further collaboration between Swiss and African researchers. Deadline for submission of project ideas: 30 April 2014


21.03.2014

AATF and Syngenta Foundation help farmers in Africa grow more with better seed

press release by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) about the launch of a private public partnership that will tackle the shortage of quality seeds in Africa


21.03.2014

Kuh als Hauptgewinn für hochwertigen Phosphor-Kompost

news item by FiBL about a competition among small-scale farmers in India in the context of FiBL's long-term farming systems comparison project.


17.03.2014

Video: Organic Farming Ends Hunger

Organic farming helps poor farmers find a way out of poverty and hunger. This video lists the most convincing points.


14.03.2014

Call: Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

Call for experienced scientists (postdocs) who want to strengthen their career through mobility. Deadline for submissions: 11 September 2014


14.03.2014

Switzerland fosters dialogue among cocoa stakeholders

press release by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs about the International Cocoa Organisation's meeting in Switzerland


11.03.2014

Mountain Research and Development, Vol 34, Nr 1

Centre for Development and Environment CDE just published an issue of its magazine Mountain Research and Development.


07.03.2014

Call for Contributions: Symposium Parallel Sessions

For its Symposium «International Agriculture in a Changing World: Good News from the Field» HAFL invites all interested participants to submit abstracts presenting their research or field experiences. Deadline for submission: 7 April 2014


07.03.2014

Schweizer Biopiraterie: Wirtschaftslobby verwässert Nagoya-Abkommen

press release by Berne Declaration on discussions in the Swiss parliament to only partly implement the regulations of the Nagoya Protocol on fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources


05.03.2014

Food Security & Nutrition: Call for abstracts of project proposals

The SDC Global Programme Food Security (GPFS) has launched three calls for abstracts of project proposals (not research projects) in the area of food security and nutrition. Submission deadline: 23.4.2014


03.03.2014

Spielerisch Forschen: Experiment mit brasilianischen Rinderfarmern

mit einem an der ETH entwicklelten Computerspiel, verstehen, wie effizienter Waldschutz bezahlt werden kann


28.02.2014

NABO goes Cuba: Netz zur Bodenbeobachtung nach Schweizer Vorbild

Agroscope project in Cuba

press release by Agroscope on a collaboration with a Cuban research center to establish a soil monitoring network similar to the one used in Switzerland


24.02.2014

"Eine Welt" by SDC

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC just published the March 2014 issue of its magazine „Eine Welt“.


21.02.2014

Appel d’offre: Développement de l'agriculture écologique en Niger

Au Niger, SWISSAID soutient le processus de décentralisation et appuie les communes en les considérant comme porte d’entrée de toutes ses interventions et en renforçant leur rôle régalien de maître d’ouvrage. Elle intervient dans les régions de Dosso et Tillabéri, et au niveau national dans le domaine du plaidoyer. Swissaid promeut depuis...[more]


11.02.2014

Registration open: SDC F2F Meeting on Family Farming

The Agriculture and Food Security Network of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will hold its next F2F Meeting from 2 to 6 June 2014 in Thun, Switzerland. Subject: "Smallholder family farms - What is their future?" Deadline for Pre-Registration: 19 February 2014


07.02.2014

SNIS Award 2014 for the best thesis in international studies

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The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) gives an Award for the best PhD thesis received in a Swiss University in 2013 on a subject related to International Studies. Deadline for applications: 8 April 2014


07.02.2014

IFC, EU and Syngenta Foundation to Expand Weather Insurance to One Million East African Farmers

news by IFC on two grant agreements, with a combined value of $3.9 million, with the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture to expand index-based insurance to small-scale farmers in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania


31.01.2014

Inputs on Critical and Emerging Issues for Food Security and Nutrition

The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), is looking for inputs by the scientific and knowledge community for its study on critical and emerging issues in the area of food security and nutrition.


24.01.2014

SDC's engagement for smallholder and family farming

A new webpage informs about SDC's focus and activities in the area of family farming; three films produced by the SDC address the issue of smallholder farming in developing countries, and project examples show SDC’s work.


16.01.2014

Willkommen bei der Bauernfamilie...

the Swiss Committee of the International Year of Family Farming presents farming families around the world, who write about their daily lifes on Facebook (in German)


14.01.2014

Call: Learning Events for Researchers from Developing Countries

KFPE’s Learning Events Programme supports researchers from developing countries involved in research partnerships with a Swiss institution. Deadline for the submission of Learning Events Projects: 28 February 2014


10.01.2014

From pumpkins to a mobile, from radishes to school fees

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Impact Story by Syngenta Foundation Bangladesh from its project "Sustainable Agriculture for Santal Communities"


10.01.2014

Helvetas strengthens international development network

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation has joined Alliance2015, a network of eight independent European non-governmental development organisations.


10.01.2014

SNIS Call for Projects 2014

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams in the area of international studies (all subjects). Deadline for submissions extended to 22 January 2014


06.01.2014

Das "Grüne Marokko" auf dem Weg nach Europa

news article by FiBL about the potential of organic agriculture in Morocco that has been discussed at a recent Symposium in Agadir


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