Experimental maize field at the CIMMYT Station in Agua Fría near Poza Rica, State of Veracruz, Mexico (Photo: Marco D’Alessandro)

SFIAR Award 2017

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.

Take advantage of this opportunity!

  • The best team project wins CHF 10’000 and the best Master thesis project CHF 1’000.-
  • Submission is not complicated.
  • The SFIAR Award may help winners enter into development work, or receive project funding.

Please refer to the Award Guidelines for all the details regarding elegibility, application and selection process.

Deadline for applications: 13 July 2017

Award Ceremony 2016

Photo: FiBL

15 December 2016, 16:15–18:30, ETH Zurich
Innovation for a Better Life
Linking Agricultural Research to Results in the Field

with keynote by Prof. Paul R. van Gardingen (formerly UNESCO Chair in International Development), presentations of Award winning projects and panel discussion

Winners of SFIAR Award 2016

Gina Garland

PhD/Post-Doc Award:
Gina Garland (ETH Zürich)

"The use of maize-pigeon pea intercropping to enhance organic phosphorus cycling and maize yields in Malawi"

Fritzi Hartung-Hofmann

Master Thesis Award:
Fritzi Hartung-Hofmann (formerly University of Bern)

"Land Use and Land Cover Changes in the Context of Agricultural Abandonment. A Case Study in the Kaski District Area, Pokhara, Nepal"

Award Ceremony Event 2015

SFIAR Award Winners 2015

25.11.2015, University of Bern
Orphan crops and agrobiodiversity - Potential and challenges
for food and nutrition security

Press Release [de]
Media Feedback: Bauernzeitung | Schweizer Bauer | LID

Winners of SFIAR Award 2015

Zerihun Tadele

Team Award:
Zerihun Tadele and team (University of Bern)
"Tef Improvement Project: Promoting Research and Development of an African Understudied Crop"

Madeleine Kaufmann

Master Thesis Award:
Madeleine Kaufmann (former student at HAFL)
"Maintaining Agrobiodiversity in Man and the Biosphere (MaB) reserves in Guantánamo, Cuba - Driving forces influencing on-farm agrobiodiversity"

Description of award-winning project PDF, 174 KB
Poster PDF, 674 KB

Multipurpose patch - different use
Typical landscape of mountain-agroecological zone, cropping fields worked by animal traction surrounded by evergreen forest.

Winners of SFIAR Award 2014

Award Ceremony:
Youth in the Driver’s Seat: How to Involve a New Generation in Agricultural Research for Development (ETH Zurich, 30 October 2014)
Programme | Introduction by SFIAR President | Fotos

Media feedback:
YPARD - Young Professionals for Agricultural Development


FiBL News

SFIAR President Markus Giger
SFIAR Master Thesis Award Winner Angela Deppeler with SFIAR President Markus Giger
SFIAR Master Thesis Award Winner Angela Deppeler with SFIAR President Markus Giger

PhD/Post-Doc Award: Gurbir Singh Bhullar (FiBL, formerly ETH):
"A novel cropping system for climate neutral and bio-diverse rice farming"
Description of award-winning project PDF, 376 KB

Gurbir Singh Bhullar
Aquatic vegetables on sale in a vegetable Market in Nanjing, China
Capacity building: A semester student receiving hands-on training on GHG flux measurement
Gurbir Bhullar measuring GHG emissions from paddy fields in India

Master Thesis: Angela Deppeler (HAFL)
"Who benefits from certification? Analysis of third-party audited certification schemes in the cocoa sector in Ghana"
Description of award-winning project PDF, 66 KB
Poster PDF, 1498 KB
Contact: angela.deppeler[at]bfh.ch

Angela Deppeler$
Interview with farmer group in Effiduase, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Farmer group breaking cocoa in communal labor, Antwi-Agyei Nkwanta, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Laborer working on a Cocoa Farm in Sewum, Western Region, Ghana

Winner of SFIAR Master Thesis Award 2013

Christian Andres, formerly student at ETH Zurich and currently working at FiBL, has won the SFIAR Master Thesis Award 2013 for his submission: "Fertilization of Dioscorea rotundata with poultry manure: effects on nutrient dynamics and nutrient use efficiencies"

Christian Andres at a presentation of his master thesis on the Tropentag conference 2013, University of Hohenheim, Germany
Christian Andres

Winner of SFIAR Award 2012

Dr. Sabine Douxchamps, formerly employed at ETH Zurich and currently working for the CGIAR, has won the SFIAR Award 2012 for her submission:
"Integration of Canavalia brasiliensis into the crop-livestock system of the Nicaraguan hillsides: environmental adaptation and nitrogen dynamics"

SFIAR Award winner Dr. Sabine Douxchamps and SFIAR President Dr. Manfred Kaufmann
SFIAR Award Ceremony 2012

Description of award-winning project PDF, 98 KB
SFIAR Award 2012 press release (in german) PDF, 213 KB
Award ceremony presentation by Dr. Sabine Douxchamps PDF, 1625 KB

Award ceremony:
The award ceremony was held at the North-South Forum "Tertiary Education for Sustainable Development" organised by NCCR North-South and ETH on 13 November 2012 in Bern.

Media coverage:
Schweizer Bauer (in german) PDF, 1960 KB
SVIAL (in german, not available anymore)


Canavalia Field Visit
Studying Canavalia Roots
Canavalia Pot Experiment
Sabine Douxchamps
Canavalia Brochure
Cows Grazing Canavalia

Winner of SFIAR Award 2011

The Cassava Research Team, led by Dr Hervé Vanderschuren of ETH Zurich has won the SFIAR Award 2011 for their submission: „Cassava research - Technology transfer and capacity building: Making tropical crop technologies available where it can have an impact”

Press release: English | German PDF, 365kb
Short description of awarded Project PDF, 368kb
More information on the Cassava Research Team
Laudatio SFIAR Award 2011, given at Award ceremony PDF, 91kb

Award ceremony
The award ceremony was held at the World Food Day Symposium "Food Price Volatility and Food Security" organized by BLW / SDC on 11 October 2011 in Bern

Media coverage
ETH Life (german)
Landwirtschaftlicher Informationsdienst LID (german)


SFIAR Award Winner 2010

Dr. Lian Pin Koh (ETH) has won the SFIAR Award 2010 for his project “A spatially-explicit scenario analysis for reconciling agricultural expansion, forest protection, and carbon conservation in Indonesia".

left: Dr. Lian Pin Koh / right: Dr. Padruot Fried (SFIAR President)
SFIAR Award Ceremony 2010

Press release: English | German | French PDF, 261kb
Short description of award- winning project PDF, 81kb
Interactive web tool developed by Dr. Lian Pin Koh
Award ceremony presentation by Dr. Lian Pin Koh PPT, 13'969kb

Award ceremony
The award ceremony was held on 15 September 2010 at ETH Zurich on the occasion of Tropentag 2010

Media coverage
ETH Life (german)

Click on fotos for high-res version (left: Dr. Lian Pin Koh, center: Fruit of oil palm, right: Oil palm plantation in Indonesia)

Lian Pin Koh
Fruit of oil palm
Oil palm plantation in Indonesia

Winner of SFIAR Award 2009

Prof. Silvia Dorn (ETH) working with Dr. Cesar Cardona of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia and Drs. Ine Schmale, Guido Velten and Anja Rott at ETH Zürich, have won the SFIAR Award 2009 for their project “Preventing post-harvest losses by a combination of a parasitoid and host plant resistance in dry beans".

SFIAR Award Ceremony 2009

Press release: English | German | French PDF, 162kb
Poster of award-winning project (English) PDF, 1260kb
Photos from project with explanations (German) PDF, 2351kb

Award ceremony
The award ceremony was held at a Symposium on the occasion of World Food Day 2009 in Bern on 15 October 2009.

Media coverage
Swissinfo (german) / Swissinfo (spanish)
ETH Life (german)
Interportal (german, not available anymore)
Agrigate (german, not available anymore)
Schweizer Bauer (german, not available anymore)
Schweizerischer Bauernverband (german, not available anymore)

Winner of SFIAR Award 2008

Christoph Studer and team from the Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL) have won the SFIAR Award 2008 for their project "Response-Inducing Sustainability Evaluation (RISE) – Improving the Sustainability of Agricultural Production".

SFIAR Award Ceremony 2008

Press release: English| German | French  PDF, 300kb

Award ceremony
The award ceremony was held at the conference "How to ensure food security today and tomorrow?" at ETH Zurich on 12 December 2008


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SFIAR Award 2017 - Guidelines
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SFIAR Award 2016 - Press Release PDF, 109 KB [de]




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