media release by WWF Switzerland about the performance of Swiss companies in the new palmoil rating of WWF International, based on the criteria defined by the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO)
information by FiBL on a new advisory tool for trainers in Swaziland that explains the natural behaviour and needs of pigs, draws conclusions for animal-friendly husbandry systems and presents proven solutions as well as relevant additional information on production issues
post by Dr. Johannes Fütterer in ETH Zukunftsblog about new techniques (CRISPR/Cas) making it possible to modify plants precisely and in a way that they cannot be distinguished from those modified with conventional breeding techniques, raising therefore the question whether the resulting product should be regarded as GMO or not
The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) gives this award to the three best papers published on a subject related to International Studies by professors or post-doctoral researchers working in a Swiss university. Deadline for submissions: 5 October 2016
The SDC and the SNF are jointly funding partnerships between researchers in Switzerland and in African, Asian and Latin American countries under the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme). A new brochure introduces the programme in German, English, French and Spanish
The responsibilities in the management of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) have been reassigned.
World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) – a global network dedicated to documenting and promoting sustainable land management – have revamped their global database on sustainable land management practices advocated by the UNCCD as the primary recommended database in this area
interview with James Wathiru working for Syngenta Foundation in Kenya with the aim to improve smallholders' access to good soya seeds
news by Euresearch on the calls and other actions of the second year of the two-year Horizon 2020 Work Programmes, among them Work Programme 9 encompassing food security and sustainable agriculture
Der OGG-Award 2016 fördert Jungunternehmerinnen und Jungunternehmer in der Schweiz, die sich für ein nachhaltiges Ernährungssystem einsetzen. Deadline für Anmeldungen: 30. August 2016
News by FiBL about a training on Geographical Indications and origin-based food and non-food products organized by FiBL and other partners working in the frame of the Colombian-Swiss Intellectual Property Project (COLIPRI)
The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) provides project funding to enable researchers to conduct research projects on self-chosen topics. SNSF covers research costs, staff salaries and funding of scientific cooperation, networking and communication, but not the salaries of applicants. Submission deadline: 1 October 2016
The 7th GFRAS Annual Meeting "The Role of Rural Advisory Services for Inclusive Agripreneurship" will be a learning event, offering participants many opportunities to contribute with their experiences and knowledge. Deadline for submission of inputs and for registration: 20 July 2016
FiBL intensiviert Zusammenarbeit mit China - Botschafter der Volksrepublik China in der Schweiz zu Besuch in Frick
Press release of a visit of the Chinese ambassador at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FIBL) confirming the mutual interest on further collaboration in agricultural research among Chinese agricultural research institutes and the FIBL.
Press release on a meeting Swiss-Chinese meeting of agricultural subjects: The director to of the Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG, Mr. Bernhard Lehmann met the Chinse Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Chen Xiaohua. They agreed that the dialogue on agricultural research between the two counties should be intensified.
press release by FiBL about its long-term study in Kenya showing that organic agriculture not only generates comparable yields, but also produces more income for farmers than conventional methods
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.
news by LID about the rejection by the Swiss Government of a motion to exclude palm oil from a free trade agreement with Malaysia
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
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
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
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
post by Isabelle Gangnat in ETH Zukunftsblog on meat consumption and the sustainability of intensive and extensive livestock production systems
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.
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
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
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.
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 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.
Article publish by Jonathan Hepburn in the journal Passerelles, Volume 17, Number 2
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.
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
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
news by the Federal Office for Agriculture on the mandate of the Swiss delegation for the upcoming meeting of ministers of agriculture
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
post by Prof. Achim Walter in ETH Zukunftsblog about the importance of pulses for global agriculture
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
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.
10 - 18 March 2016 & 26 May - 3 June 2016; applications are open now.
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
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.
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
press release by Biovision criticizing that the Paris Agreement on climate change does not mention agriculture
The Swiss Federal Council have passed the Nagoya Regulation. The Regulation shall become effective on 1. February 2016.
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
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
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!
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.
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"
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.
Its establishment is the result of a joint initiative by IFOAM–Organics International, Naturland, FiBL, Coopsol, ECOSUR, Demeter and Apicon
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