article in ETH Zukunftsblog about the mixed effects of low palm oil prices on small-holders; at least the massive ‘land grabbing’ by oil palm companies in Africa are somewhat alleviated for now.
Under the general heading of “Global Good Practices”, the meeting aims to be a learning event. Participants can contribute by organising a workshop, giving a presentation, providing a creative input during breaks or organising a side event. Deadline for submissions for the first two: 31 May 2015, for the last two: 13 July 2015
This programme by the University of Basel intends to incentivize and further collaboration between Swiss and African researchers by focusing on the following kick-starting instruments: Exchange visits, Joint seminars, Joint Workshops; Applications can be handed in on a rolling basis until the available funding line has been reached.
media release by Syngenta about the publication of a broad range of data on its six commitments in The Good Growth Plan and about its collaboration with the Open Data Institute, an independent, non-profit open data expert
this awards competition recognizes patent owners and licensees working to improve global health and living standards for the less fortunate, among the winners is the Golden Rice Project
post in ETH Zukunftsblog by Prof. Johan Six about the significance of healthy soils for all life on earth, and about the necessity to use advances in soil knowledge to manage soils more sustainably
media release by Nestlé about its new coffee factory in Vietnam that will decaffeinate green coffee beans for use as raw materials in Nestlé’s coffee factories around the world to meet rising consumer demand for decaffeinated coffee
post in ETH Zukunftsblog by PhD student John Garcia-Ulloa about the potential of using pasture lands to develop oil palm cultivation in South America
the grants seek to initiate or intensify research collaboration between Switzerland and these five countries, researchers of Swiss universities from all disciplines can apply, deadline: 26 May 2015
news by FiBL about the presentation at Expo Milano of its Syprobio project in West Africa that has been developed by farmers and researchers together with the aim to combine industrial management with organic farming
The FLASH Research Programme is a new funding instrument that allows researchers of all disciplines to react immediately to exceptional events in India by setting up joint research projects, applications will be accepted until the earmarked funds have been fully allocated
media release by Syngenta about its first update on progress towards meeting the six commitments in The Good Growth Plan, which was launched in 2013 with the aim to support the future sustainability of agriculture and rural communities
the prize - sponsored by Nanjing Agricultural University - will be awarded to an academic/faculty member from a higher education institution working in the area of agricultural and life sciences in recognition of the academic/faculty member’s life time achievements, deadline for nominations: 25 April 2015
article in ETH News about the work of ETH Ecologists who explain how the double coconut palm of the Seychelles grows the largest and heaviest seeds despite low nutrient levels
interview with Camille Renou who coordinates the Syngenta Foundation's "Seeds2B" programme in West Africa that helps smallholder access better seeds
media release by FiBL about the launch - together with the Swiss Government - of a project supporting an Albanian organic certification body to offer professional inspection and certification services in order to facilitate access of small and medium enterprises to international markets
The conferences theme is Management of Land Use Systems for Enhanced Food Security: Conflicts, Controversies and Resolutions
press release by alliancesud about the Swiss Government's rejection of a referendum agains speculation with food commodities
this call by the European Research Council supports ground-breaking, ambitious research projects of excellent established Principal Investigators with a recognised track record of research achievements.
press release by SIB about its appointment as FAO Reference Center, that is collaborating with FAO on the screening, monitoring and follow-up of zoonotic diseases such as avian influenza, and also on animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease.
the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) awards the best PhD thesis in any area of international studies defended at a Swiss University in the calendar year 2014. Deadline for submissions: 9 April 2015
editorial in Agrarforschung about the work of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the support by Switzerland
this call by USAID, Governments of Sweden and Germany, Duke Energy Corporation and OPIC is looking for new and sustainable technologies and business models for Clean Energy Solutions that increase agricultural productivity and/or value in developing countries; deadline for concept notes: 12 February 2015
these fellowships by SNF are designed for doctoral students with Swiss nationality (or permanent residence) who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad; next deadline for submission: 01.03.2015
news by Swissaid about a press conference in Abidjan informing about the acquisition of land by multinational companies for palm oil production and the negative consequences for local small-scale farmers
In 2015 the Annual Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology will be held at ETH Zurich from 7 to 10 April under the title "Resilience of Tropical Ecosystems: Future challenges and opportunities." The deadline for submission of abstracts as well as early registration has been extended to Wednesday 14 January 2015!
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
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.
Alliance Sud InfoDoc celebrates an open house the 22nd of January 2015.
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
information by CDE about three new projects it is involved in under the r4d programme: Food Sustainability, Telecoupled Landscapes and Invasive Species
Article in the Hindu on an Indo-Swiss research unit proposed at Pondicherry University
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
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
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
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
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
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
short article by LID about the alarming deterioration of soil quality in China due to soil degradation and industrial pollution
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
blog post in the ETH Zukunftsblog by ETH doctoral student John Garcia-Ulloa on the ongoing oil-palm expansion in Africa
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.
The journal Farming Matters calls for articles
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
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.
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
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
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
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
article in the newspaper Suedostschweiz, wherein the Deutsche Welhungerhilfe pointed to the fact, that hunger was reduced 39 percent since 1990.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Switzerland and the EU have found an agreement for a so-called partial association to Horizon 2020.
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
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.
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
view the submitted videos illustrating critical aspects of global food production and consumption
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
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
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
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
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
article in "20 Minuten" about the current drought in Guatemala and about protests against a new law allowing for patents on seed
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
information by Euresearch recommending interested researchers to be ready to submit to the ERC Advanced Grant by 21 October
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
news by FiBL about a new book with this title, edited by INRA and with contributions from FiBL researchers
An interview with Mr. Yves Guinand, programme officer within the SDC's Food Security Section on the combat of desertification and drought
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
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).
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
follow and comment the discussions of the SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network F2F Meeting (2-6 June 2014, Thun, Switzerland)
an article, published in the schweizerbauer.ch explaining why the NGO’s campaign against food speculation might be counterproductive
news by r4d about the start of the first projects within the framework of the "Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development"
interview by SDC with Nino Zambakhidze, Chairwoman of the Georgian Farmers Association, about her successful career as a farmer and entrepreneur in Georgia
article by SDC on its activities in Mongolia focusing on agriculture and food security, vocational education and training, and decentralisation
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.
The Syngenta Foundation explains its view of "demand-driven" approach to R&D.
Short video on a Helvetas project that provides training support for shea butter production in Benin.
article on schweizerbauer.ch about China's intention to double its trade with Africa
CABI and the University of Neuchâtel (UniNE) are preparing in collaboration with the canton Jura a post graduate formation in Integrated crop management.
Article published in die Tierwelt on pigs, biogaz and sanitation
Second call for nomitations of experts scoping a thematic assessment of land degradation and restoration
deadline: 8 June 2014
short overview of SDC's cooperation activities in Mongolia
information by Swissaid about its intervention at the Syngenta General Assembly critizising inconsistencies in Syngenta's „Good Growth Plan“