Long-term trial in India shows: Organic Cotton is competitive with GM crops
media release by FiBL about results from a long-term experiment in India, showing that organic cotton has lower yields but also lower production costs than genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton, with results strongly depending on the environmental conditions
ISCB Second Call for Pre-Proposals (Pigeon Pea)
The Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB) invites pre-proposals on genetic improvement of the pigeon pea crop employing modern biotechnology tools and techniques along with relevant socio-economic research proposals.
Deadline for submissions: 30 January 2014
New videos on sustainable land management
WOCAT invites to visit the short videos in which land users personally describe their practices of sustainable land management
SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network Newsletter 12/2013
The latest issue of this Newsletter informs about Rural Advisory Services and ICT, the GFRAS Annual Meeting, the PHM Subgroup Meeting in Addis Abeba, SDC's view on innovation in agriculture, CSE recommendations on investing in smallholder agriculture, the RIICE project helping asses Haiyan damage, videos on research impact and more.
Horizon 2020 - Draft Work Programmes published
The European Commission published most of the Horizon 2020 draft work programmes on its official Horizon 2020 website, among them the programme "Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy"
Syngenta Foundation's "Kilimo Salama" project
short film about the Agriculture Index Insurance project of Syngenta Foundation made in connection with the November 2013 Tech Awards, at which the project won the Flextronics Economic Development Award
Ernährungssicherheit vs. Handelserleichterungen
comments by Berne Declaration on the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali (3-6 December 2013) and the opposing interests between developing and developed countries, especially in the area of agriculture
Developing smallholder and family farming to improve food security
press release by SDC on the International Year of Family Farming 2014
Erweiterung und Ausbau des Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program für nachhaltige Kakaobeschaffung
press release by Lindt & Sprüngli about the extension of its program to support cocoa farmers in Ghana to improve agricultural, social and ecological condition of cocoa production.
Ambizione: call for submission
Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) promotes junior researchers in all disciplines; one condition is that the application should be submitted generally up to 5 years after doctorate. The next submission deadline is 14 February 2014.
Three r4d projects approved
The funding decisions for the second thematic research module "Employment in the context of sustainable development" of the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d) have been made
Switzerland and Austria join forces for sustainable development in mountain regions
press release by the Swiss Government about an agreement with Austria to share experience with sustainable development of mountain regions around the world and to raise political leaders' awareness of the specific needs of these regions.
Establishing common positions to convey in the international arena
Carmen Thoennissen looks back on Switzerland's three-year chairmanship of the European research platform EIARD.
New center tackles lethal disease PDF, 83 KB
Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease showed up in Kenya in 2011. The disease spread up in Africa very fast, destroying large areas of maize crop. Syngenta foundation for sustainable agriculture co-finance a research center in Kenya, screening and development of resistant maize varieties in order to help farmers grow healthy corn again.
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: 15 January 2014
International Geneva Incubator Workshops 2013
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: 20 November 2013
Transdisciplinary Research Award for leaders of NCCR North-South
The Swiss Network for Transdisciplinary Research awarded its prize for a “life-time achievement” to Professors Hans Hurni and Urs Wiesmann of CDE, leaders of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research North-South.
Development Cooperation Forum – symposium in Montreux 24-25 October 2013
Press release on the symposium of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) in Montreux in October 2014.The role of development cooperation associated with the post-2015 development agenda will be discussed.
International Geneva Award 2013
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 applications: 12 November 2013
SWISSAID kritisiert Vergabe des Welternährungspreises an Syngenta und Monsanto
press release by Swissaid critizising that this year's World Food Prize has been given to representatives of the agrobusiness companies Syngenta and Monsanto
Innovative Ideen für weniger Food Waste anlässlich des Welternährungstags ausgezeichnet
press release by the Federal Office for Agriculture and SDC on the results of the competition "Our Common Food" looking for inspring ideas to fight food losses and food waste
Integrated Pest Management Team Award 2013
The Integrated Pest Management Team Award 2013, awarded by The Entomological Foundation in Madison, USA, has been given to a team headed by Dr. Jörg Romeis, Leader of Agroscope’s Biosafety Group.
Swiss network as reference
information by SDC about the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), where the Swiss funded network World Overview on Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) was recognized as a reference for documentation and databases.
FiBL baut Zusammenarbeit mit chinesischem Teeforschungsinstitut aus
information by FiBL on the visit by its director Urs Niggli to the Chinese Tea Research Institute (TRI) and on FIBL's current and future collaboration with TRI
Animals: a key factor in development cooperation and the fight against poverty
article by SDC in the context of the World Animal Day on 4 October 2013 about the importance of animals in development cooperation and about SDC projects involving livestock
Global analysis shows that organically farmed lands contribute to climate change mitigation
media release by FiBL about an evaluation of 19 comparative studies from around the globe showing that organically farmed lands emit less nitrous oxide and take up greater amounts of atmospheric methane
Launch of campaign "Allow golden rice now"
SFIAR Member and Golden Rice Project Manager Adrian Dubock points to the new global campaign "Allow golden rice now" against the zero-tolerance policy towards genetic modification by NGOs that blocks the implementation of the Golden Rice Project;
feedback to Mr. Dubock is welcome at email@example.com
First Swiss winner of Right Livelihood Award PDF, 151 KB
press release by Biovision on the Right Livelihood Award 2013 that has been granted to the Swiss agronomist Hans R. Herren for “his expertise and pioneering work in promoting safe, secure and sustainable global food supply”
Switzerland gives priority to water on the United Nations agenda
press release by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on a ministerial event co-organised by Switzerland in the margin of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York to highlight the importance of water security
Genetische Vielfalt: Internationale Zusammenarbeit für eine nachhaltige Ernährung
press release by the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) on its participation at a meeting of the Steering Committee of the International Treaties on Plant Genetic Resources
Syngenta launches The Good Growth Plan
press release by Syngenta about the launch of a plan with which the company addresses the global food security challenge, focusing on boosting resource efficiency, rejuvenating ecosystems and strengthening rural communities
Nationalrat stoppt schädliche Agrotreibstoffe
comment by alliancesud about the decision by the Swiss Parliament to tighten social and ecological criteria for tax reductions on biofuels
Community Land Rights: Conference and Blog
Blog with notes and insights about the conference "Scaling-Up Strategies to Secure Community Land and Resource Rights" (19-20 September 2013, Interlaken, Switzerland)
Junge Studierende schlagen innovative Ideen für weniger Food Waste vor
press release by Federal Office for Agriculture and SDC about the selection of the 8 finalists of the ideas competition "our common food" to fight food losses and food waste
CAS in African Affairs and Intercultural Competence
new study programme by University of Basel that equips professionals working in an African context with the knowledge, skills and resources that enable them to efficiently and sustainably communicate, collaborate and organise.
Bees and bamboo for the poorest
short info by Swissaid about a project with smallholders in Nicaragua aiming to promote mixed cultures and to train farmers in new technologies and organic farming methods
Instrument zur Nachhaltigkeitsbewertung von Unternehmen im Lebensmittelbereich
news by FiBL about its new tool "Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine" (SMART) that allows to scientifically assess the sustainability of companies in the food sector
SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network Newsletter 09/2013
The latest issue of this Newsletter informs about outcome monitoring in SDC's agriculture and food security programmes, about the upcoming GFRAS Annual Meeting, a new global working group on land, new post-harvest management projects, the international year of family farming, portraits of Network members and much.
New research project on compost and fish feed production in Ghana
news by FiBL about a new project in Ghana aiming to improve composting processes with the help of the insect hermetia illucens, the result being better quality compost and fish feed from the larvae of the insect.
FiBL trial takes centre stage at 3rd Bolivian national agroforestry congress
info by FiBL about its long-term systems comparison between organic and conventional cocoa production in Bolivia being discussed broadly at the third national agroforestry congress in the same country.
The World Food LCA Database has been launched
Agroscope and Quantis are developing a database that will provide data for food and beverage life cycle assessments
Call for proposals
A call is launched for projects with research questions in relation to food security and land use, with emphasis on an interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach. The call is also open to Swiss researchers.
Anteil der Entwicklungsländer am Handel steigt weiter an
article in NZZ about the fact that developing countries are continuously increasing their share in global trade as well as in investments in research and development
Bioenergy in Africa: The Jatropha plant's risk and potential
CDE has published some information on Jatropha as a potential source of bioenergy for Africa.
11th Newsletter of the SDC Climate Change & Environment Network PDF, 387.5 KB
with an article on Guidance on Climate Smart Agriculture is published.
Call for Papers: Family Farming in Mountains PDF, 137 KB
The journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD) is seeking policy- and practice-oriented, well-validated insights into effective arrangements for advancing and enhancing family farms. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 August 2013
Syngenta to acquire African corn seed business
press release by Syngenta announcing the acqusition of MRI Seed Zambia Ltd and MRI Agro Ltd ("MRI"), a leading developer, producer and distributor of white corn seed in Zambia.
SDC / KFPE Research Fair: Documentation available
Under the title "Results and Innovations from Transnational Research Partnerships" the Research Fair provided an opportunity for exchange and dialogue between science, policy, and practice. Researchers from Swiss institutions and their international partners showcased innovative findings, processes and products.
Online platform to support development planning in Laos
With the support of SDC and CDE Laos has set up a new inter-ministerial online platform that disseminates official data and information from across thematic sectors in an unprecedented level of detail with the aim to support knowledge-based decision-making
GM Technology - Speech by UK Minister
SFIAR Member Adrian Dubock recommends this speech by Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP - Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the UK - about the role genetic modification technology can play in helping to meet future challenges (see also this BBC-interview with Mr. Paterson); feedback to Mr. Dubock is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landmatrix: Overview on land acquisitions updated
The Land Matrix partnership (with CDE/University of Berne as one of the partners) launches the second phase of its Global Observatory on large-scale land acquisitions, an open-data tool intended to promote transparency around land investments.
Call for Applications for Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship
The Research programme on biological resources in agriculture of the OECD open the call for applications
Call for Papers
FIBL open the call for papers for the International Symposium on Organic Agriculture in the Mediterranean region and products with designation of origin held in Agadir, Morocco the 02. - 04.12.2013
Research and innovation play an important part in international cooperation
Press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on a "research fair" organised by SDC and KFPE and on SDC's engagement in research for development.
Ideas Competition: Fight Food Losses & Food Waste
The Swiss National FAO Committee has launched a student competition aiming to develop innovative ideas on how to fight food waste in Switzerland and postharvest losses in developing countries. The best ideas will be awarded at a public event on the eve of World Food Day 2013. Deadline for applications: 30 August 2013
Jahresbericht 2012 - Internationale Zusammenarbeit der Schweiz
The annual report 2012 - Swiss International Cooperation is published.
SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network Newsletter 06/2013
The latest issue of this Newsletter informs about vocational skills and RAS, the World Bank's view on access to land, SDC micro insurance projects, the launch of a post-harvest management subgroup, GPFS initiatives in India & South Asia, new SDC projects and cooperation strategies, portraits of Network members and much more.
Sawiris-Stipendien für Entwicklungsprojekte
article in ETH Life about a visit of Samih Sawiris, entrepreneur and donor of the programme "Sawiris Scholarships – Science & Technology for the South" supporting PhD Students from developing countries at ETH.
Call for proposals: thematic r4d modules "Ecosystems" and "Food Security"
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) have issued a joint call for proposals for two thematic research modules, "Sustainable management of ecosystems for the provision of ecosystem services" and "Innovation in agricultural and food systems for food security".
Deadline for submissions: 13.09.2013
Café de Colombia als GGA eingetragen
press release of the Federal Office for Agriculture
PhD Fellowship Program 'Bridiging Plant Science and Policy'
The BRIDGES program is funded by the EU Research Framework Programme FP7/People - Marie Curie Actions and is coordinated by the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center. It offers talented early stage researchers (not having resided in Switzerland for the last 3 years) 14 PhD projects in the most challenging areas of plant sciences.
Deadline for applications: 1 July 2013
Call for proposals: Science communication projects
The funding scheme Agora of the Swiss National Science Foundation aims to intensify the dialogue between science and society by enabling researchers of all disciplines to communicate with the public. Deadline for submissions: 15 August 2013
Maag - Preis für Berner Pflanzen-Forscher Zerihun Tadele PDF, 187 KB
Dr. Zerihun Tadele, an Ethiopian researcher working at the Institute of Plant Sciences of the University of Bern, has won the 2013 Dr. Rudolf Maag Prize for his efforts in breeding more robust tef, a vital cereal for Ethiopia.
Call: Post doc Fellowship Programme in Plant Sciences PDF, 350 KB
The programme is open to experienced researchers in all fields of research in plant sciences and aims to establish a training and qualification framework, which complements the present postdoctoral training in plant sciences with an international competitive dimension. Deadline for applications: 24 June 2013
Call for papers: 4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS)
The call for papers on the topic "Targeting Global Sustainability – Food Security,
Biodiversity and Climate Change" is now open. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2013
Innovative cooperation to promote tropical products
press release by the Swiss Federal Council on the allocation of CHF 30 million to a strategic partnership of SECO with the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) with the aim to support public-private cooperation for sustainable cultivation of tropical products
"Learning Events" Programme for Researchers from Developing Countries
KFPE invites Researchers from Developing Countries and their Swiss partners to present proposals for Learning Events. The deadline for the first call is 1 June 2013.
Call for proposals: SCOPES 2013-2016
The SCOPES programme of the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation aims to boost scientific co-operation with Eastern Europe. The current call is open for: Conference Grants, Joint Research Projects, Preparatory Grants and Valorisation Grants. Deadline: 20.09.2013
Education for change
call for articles for the September issue of the journal "Farming Matters" with afocus on the role of education in changing the mindsets of rural communities. Deadline: 1 June 2013.
Training Program: Management of Development Projects
EPFL offers a Certificate of Advanced Studies targeted at university graduates who want to learn to manage projects in an international and multicultural context. The program is held in three parts between 30 September 2013 and 15 June 2014.
Deadline for applications: 31 July 2013
Talk doesn’t cook rice!
information by Swissaid about a successfull project in Myanmar that supported the build-up of communal rice banks thereby increasing food security and self confidence of farmers
Umsatz mit Fairtrade-Produkten 2012 um 14,3 Prozent gestiegen
article in der Schweizerbauer on the increased sales of fair trade products in Switzerland
Seeking new development and sustainability goals
new website by the Swiss Administration on Switzerland's participation in the search for universally valid development and sustainability goals for the post-2015 period.
«Brot statt Benzin!» – Petition nimmt erste Hürde
information by Alliance Sud about a favourable vote by the Swiss Parliament for stronger criteria for reduced taxes on biofuels
CABI and IPPC unite for trade and food security progress
CABI will dedicate £40,000 towards collaboration activities with IPPC in 2013. Coordinator of the IPPC Secretariat, Craig Fedchock and CABI’s CEO Trevor Nicholls and Director of CABI Europe-Switzerland Ulrich Kuhlmann have met to outline the long-term strategy which this new funding will support.
Call for Applications: Summer School on Sustainable Agriculture and World Food System
The ETH Zurich World Food System Center offers a Summer School from August 11th – 25th 2013. Students will live, work, and learn on a pioneering organic farm during the harvest season and discuss sustainable world food systems.
Deadline for applications: 26 April 2013
SCOPES – new phase in partnerships with Eastern Europe
The SCOPES programme (Scientific co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland), financed by SNSF and SDC, will be continued until 2016, there will be calls for Joint Research Projects (JRPs) and Institutional Partnerships (IPs) in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Nachwachsende agrarische Rohstoffe - Aktivitäten des SECO
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO presents its activities in the area of agricultural commodities and developing countries
Tackling hunger with a red herring? Farm productivity and gender equality
article in the Guardian published in the context of the Series International Development Journalism competition.The theme is sponsored by Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.
UNO: Vom Agrarrohstoff-Boom profitieren nur wenige
article in Bauern Zeitung about an UNCTAD Forum showing that the marked increase in commodity prices leads to higher export earning of developing countries but at the same time drives over 40 Million people into extreme poverty.
Gender and Sustainable Development in Mountains - Call for Papers PDF, 120 KB
The journal Mountain Research and Development (MRD) calls for papers on the subject of Gender and Sustainable Development in Mountains.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 April 2013
New platform established to advance research within organic sector
joint press release by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) about the formation of a new group to advance organic agriculture research
press release by Berne Declaration and Swissaid criticising the plans of the European Patent Agency to issue various patents on conventionally bred plants.
Switzerland and FAO step up their collaboration in the fight against hunger
press release by the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research on the visit of FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva to Switzerland and on the Swiss contributions to FAO initiatives
SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network - Newsletter published
The March issue of the A+FS Network Newsletter provides an overview of SDC's Agriculture and Food Security Portfolio 2009-2011 and information about the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure, farmers' reactions to climate change, SDC and genetically modified organisms, new SDC projects and much more.
Max Havelaar bricht mit Fairtrade-Grundprinzip
article by Handelszeitung about the decision by Max Havelaar to give in the future also a label to products whose raw materials are only partly produced according to fair trade standards.
Rohe Ostern: EvB-Studie zeigt Menschenrechtsmängel in Schweizer Schoggi
media release by Berne Declaration on its new analysis of the social responsibility of the main Swiss chocolate producers
Prometeo Project: Ecuador Looks for Excellent Researchers
This initiative seeks to promote education, scientific research, innovation and technological development in all strategic areas of Ecuador by attracting experienced Ecuadorian and foreign researchers to the country who will develop research projects.
Marketing organic products in Africa – New training video
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) presents a Video “Marketing organic products in Africa – How to become an entrepreneur”. The tool can help small farmers implementing organic farming, improving sustainability and expanding market opportunities.
SNIS Award for the best thesis in international studies at a Swiss University
PhD theses with a wide range of academic disciplines can be submitted.
Deadline for submissions: 8 April 2013
Sustainable soil governance and large scale land acquisitions originating in Switzerland
A joint research project of CDE, World Trade Institute (WTI) and Agroscope with this title has been approved for the National Research Programme "Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource" .
Ohne Land kein Brot
This year's campaign of the Swiss NGOs Fastenopfer, Brot für alle and Partner sein is directed against legalized land grab and supports the right to food of the local population.
Rice intensification in West Africa
The Syngenta Foundation develops a rice intensification initiative to reduce food insecurity in West Africa. A public private partnership with different investors and the government of Ghana aims to build up competitive rice value chains.
Innovative New Low-Cost Livestock Insurance Protects Dairy Cows PDF, 1012 KB
Press release by Syngenta Foundation et al. about the launch of a new livestock insurance initiative to protect small dairy farmers in Kenya against major losses resulting from the deaths of their cattle.
BEEBOOK: Standardmethoden für Bienenforschung
The standard work on honey bee research is published by Vincent Dietemann, Peter Neumann and Jamie Ellis.
"Café de Colombia": erstes GGA-Gesuch für ausländische Bezeichnung
The Federal Office for Agriculture has published the application to register "Café de Colombia" as the first foreign protected designation of origin in the Swiss Offical Gazette of Commerce
Call for proposals - Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB)
ISCB invites Pre-Proposals in Bio-Sciences and relevant Socio-Economics Areas for three-year projects organised as networks and contributing to food security in India.
Deadline for submissions: 1 April 2013
ERAfrica - Joint Call for Collaborative Projects, PDF 162 KB
With the aim to create long-term research collaboration between European countries and Africa this joint call supports collaborative research, innovation and capacity building projects. Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2013
International Post doc Fellowship Programme in Plant Sciences, PDF 349.4 KB
PLANT FELLOWS is a new international post doc fellowship programme in the field of plant sciences. The programme is open to applicants from all over the world and all research fields in plant sciences are eligible. Deadline for the first call: 31 January 2013
Media training for researchers: Course schedule 2013
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) supports practice-oriented media training courses for scientists. During the two-day course, researchers will learn how to deal with representatives of the media.
International prize for the SDC’s Papa Andina project
information by SDC on the Papa Andina project that was honored with a prize for successfully improving market access for small Andean farmers and making more out of the biodiversity of their crops.
Master of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Water Resources at ETH Zurich
full-time twelve month study programme giving an integrated vision of sustainable water resources management, with a focus on technical training and high level research.
Application inquiries for 2013/2014 are now being accepted.
New project on organic sector development in Ukraine
information by FiBL on a new project to support organic agriculture in Uraine, as part of GIZ’s on‐going Economic and Employment Promotion Program
Vegetables and value at 10,000 feet
Video and text explaining the Syngenta Foundation project "Qori Chacra" aiming to integrate Peruvian smallholders into the value chain supplying local restaurants and hotels, with a special focus on high-quality vegetables for McDonald’s in the high Andean city of Cusco.
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