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



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


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 10 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


The 5th Annual International PhD Conference in International Development : call for abstracts

Recently-graduated PhD students working within the broadly-defined tradition of development studies are invited to submit an abstracts for poster or paper presentations on any contemporary theme within social, economic, political, and natural resources development and for two special sessions on global environmental justice and water security.


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


Call for Individual Fellowships Open for your Research Project

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


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


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.


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


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

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


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


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


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


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.


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

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


Hochwertiges Saatgut für Nepals Bauern

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


What is CONSUS?

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


The Nairobi Work Programme (NWP)

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


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


FiBL wins Expo Milano award

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


Call for Breakout Sessions and Events at Tech4Dev Conference

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


Advanced Training in Integrated Crop Management

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


Myanmar: When rice is getting scarce...

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


Tackling World Food System Challenges on the Mountain of Truth

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


OneMap Myanmar: New CDE project launched

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


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

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


Patente auf Leben: Schweizer Organisationen lancieren politische Petition

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


Scientific mission to Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea

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


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

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


Call: International Exploratory Workshops

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


r4d - Mayor Swiss projects in agricultural research for develoment

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


Knowledge Driven Development: Private Extension and Global Lessons

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


real21 – die Welt verstehen

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


Swiss JPO positions

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


"Die Grüne Revolution war ein totaler Misserfolg"

interview in the NZZ with Miguel Altieri


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