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

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24.06.2016

Call: Seed money projects with selected Asian countries

Mandated by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), ETH Zurich calls for seed money projects with scientific partner institutions of Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Submission deadline: 1 September 2016


24.06.2016

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.


24.06.2016

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


17.06.2016

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


17.06.2016

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


10.06.2016

Call for Joint Argentinian-Swiss Research Projects

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This programme launched by SNF with Argentinian partner institutions aims to promote collaborative projects from all research areas with clearly defined goals, involving at least one partner based in Argentina, and one based in Switzerland. Deadline for submission: 15 September 2016


10.06.2016

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


10.06.2016

Fleisch essen oder nicht?

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


03.06.2016

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.


03.06.2016

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


27.05.2016

ERC Advanced Grant Call 2016 Open

Advanced Grants support ground-breaking, ambitious research projects of excellent established Principal Investigators with a recognised track record of research achievements. Deadline for submissions: 1 September 2016


20.05.2016

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


13.05.2016

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.


13.05.2016

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


29.04.2016

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.


26.04.2016

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

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


18.04.2016

Call for Individual Fellowships Open for your Research Project

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships Call opens now.


07.04.2016

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.


24.03.2016

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


24.03.2016

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


11.03.2016

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


09.03.2016

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


04.03.2016

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


04.03.2016

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.


04.03.2016

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


29.02.2016

SFIAR Award 2016 - Call for Applications

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development.


19.02.2016

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


19.02.2016

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


19.02.2016

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


12.02.2016

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


12.02.2016

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


05.02.2016

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


01.02.2016

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.


29.01.2016

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


29.01.2016

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


21.01.2016

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.


18.01.2016

Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance

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


15.01.2016

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


15.01.2016

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.


18.12.2015

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


18.12.2015

Klimavereinbarung ignoriert die Landwirtschaft

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


14.12.2015

Nutzung genetischer Ressourcen: Nagoya-Verordnung verabschiedet

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


11.12.2015

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


04.12.2015

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


27.11.2015

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!


20.11.2015

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.


06.11.2015

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"


06.11.2015

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


26.10.2015

Sustainable food systems: Switzerland assumes leadership of an international multi-stakeholder initiative

The Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) will assume this task for Switzerland.


19.10.2015

IFOAM – Organics International has established an Apiculture Forum

Its establishment is the result of a joint initiative by IFOAM–Organics International, Naturland, FiBL, Coopsol, ECOSUR, Demeter and Apicon


14.10.2015

A cure for vitamin B6 deficiency

article in ETH News about plant scientists at ETH and University of Geneva who have found a way to increase vitamin B6 production in the roots and leaves of the cassava plant which could prevent vitamin B6 deficiency among people who consume mostly cassava


14.10.2015

Saatgut-Verhandlungen: Intakte Chancen für Schweizer Vorschlag zur gerechten Nutzung genetischer Ressourcen

media release by Berne Declaration on a proposal by Swiss stakeholder submitted at the current negotiations on the FAO treaty on plant genetic resources aiming to simplify its benefit sharing mechanism


14.09.2015

Memorandum of Understanding between Agroscope and CENSA Cuba

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


11.09.2015

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.


09.09.2015

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


07.09.2015

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.


07.09.2015

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


14.08.2015

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


31.07.2015

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


31.07.2015

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


27.07.2015

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


13.07.2015

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.


10.07.2015

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


10.07.2015

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


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