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



Call: ERC Advanced Grant

Advanced Grants support ground-breaking, ambitious research projects of excellent established Principal Investigators with a recognised track record of research achievements; applications can be made in any field of research; deadline: 31 August 2017


Palm oil can be more biodiversity-friendly

news by ETH about a recent NZZ am Sonntag article focusing on the complex consequences of intense palm oil production in rainforest areas, such as Malaysia, and featuring the research of ETH postdoctoral researcher Dr. Natalia Ocampo-Penuela


FiBL and Korean partners: Organic strategies for fruit orchards

news by FiBL about a new project with Korea to test fruit varieties and plant protection agents and the signing of a long-term cooperation agreement between FiBL and its Korean research partners


Call for applications for World Food System Summer School

The ETH World Food System Center, together with partners, is organising a summer school on "Food Systems in Transition" which will be held from 27 January - 10 February 2018 in Côte d'Ivoire. Deadline for applications: 3 July 2017.


The climatic causes of famine in Africa

news by ETH about a recent report on Swiss Radio highlighting the climatic and man-made causes of the hunger catastrophe in Africa and featuring Prof. Sonia Seneviratne's insight into the challenges of predicting the effects of global warming on drought.


Request for Proposals: PEGASuS – Biodiversity and Natural Assets

The Program for Early-stage Grants Advancing Sustainability Science or PEGASuS – Biodiversity and Natural Assets is a funding opportunity by Future Earth for biodiversity research for global sustainability focusing on interdisciplinary research connecting the natural and social sciences; deadline for proposals: 5 June 2017


Call for proposals: Southeast Asia – Europe Joint Funding Scheme

The Joint Funding Scheme (JFS) aims to bring together Southeast Asian and European researchers and innovators and allow them to collaborate on topics of mutual interest. Deadline for applications: 30.06.2017


New company spreads technology that helps small farmers earn more

communiqué by Syngenta Foundation and Eisblink Holding about an agreement for the large-scale commercialization of Farmforce, a mobile technology platform allowing to efficiently manage data from thousands of smallholder farms


Successful export support project completed in Colombia

news report about two WTI SECO programme seminars for Colombian producers-exporters, industry representatives and government officials.


SNSF: new funding scheme for international events and visits

The Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF is optimising its support for international exchanges between researchers by merging its existing funding schemes Scientific Conferences, International Exploratory Workshops and International Short Visits into one.


New joint organic research center established in China

news by FiBL about the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Chinese Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology establishing the Sino-Swiss Organic Agriculture Research Center that will provide a wide range of services in the field of knowledge transfer and research


Syngenta programs to improve farm sustainability more than double their reach

annual update by Syngenta on the progress of their Good Growth Plan


World Food System Grants Platform Supports Five New Projects

news by the ETH World Food System Center about the funding of innovative cross-disciplinary, food system research projects through the Center’s WFS Grants Platform, supported by the Mercator Foundation and the Coop Sustainability Fund


r4d Programme: Third Thematically Open Call

The third thematically open call of the r4d programme supports research on global issues in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Research approaches that support evidence-based decision-making and evidence-based policy are particularly encouraged. Deadline for submitting pre-proposals: 12 June 2017, 17:00.


Cacao agroforestry systems increase farmers’ income

press release by FiBL about its long-term study in Bolivia comparing different cacao production systems; the study shows that agroforestry systems and organic management can enhance biodiversity and farmers’ food security and nutrition as well as their income


ICRD Call for Individual Contributions (pre-announcement)

The International Conference on Research for Development (5–8 September 2017, Bern, Switzerland) seeks visionary contributions that will enhance transformations towards global sustainable development. The submission system will open on 15 March 2017 and submissions can be made until 31 March 2017.


Mischkultur verbessert den Boden

article by the Austrian news broadcaster ORF featuring SFIAR Award winner Gina Garland (ETH Zürich) with her research on intercropping of maize and pigeon pea to improve soil composition and fertility in Malawi


Call for Papers for Tropentag 2017

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resarchers - especially young scientists - are welcome to submit papers on the subject of Tropentag 2017 “Future Agriculture: social-ecological transitions and bio-cultural shifts”; also the organization of workshops on subjects related to food security is possible; deadline for submission of abstracts or workshops: 15.05.2017


Organic Chinese medicinal plants for Europe

press release by FiBL about the establishment of a cooperation platform on Chinese organic herbal medicine with a "China-Switzerland Joint Research Institute of Organic Herbal Medicine" as a first outcome


HORIZON 2020: Participation by Swiss research entities

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fact sheet by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation in view of the full association of Switzerland to the entire Horizon 2020 programme since 1 January 2017


Reducing hunger in the world – Swiss international cooperation supports agricultural research

At its meeting on 21 December 2016, the Federal Council approved the continuation of Switzerland’s financial contribution to the Global Agricultural Research Partnership (CGIAR) for the period 2017 to 2019.


World Food System Summer School: Food Systems in Transition

Summer School organized by ETH and hosted at the Sustainability Institute in Lynedoch Ecovillage, near Stellenbosch, South Africa discussing the question of how to feed the world while considering human health, the environment and social wellbeing; deadline for application: 6 February 2017


Food and Agriculture in an Unequal World: Perspectives from Law and Anthropology

interview published in the Graduate Institute's Review "Globe" with Shaila Seshia Galvin, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology of Development, and Anne Saab, Assistant Professor of International Law.


SNSF magazine "Horizons" on Researching in the South

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the newest edition of the magazine of the Swiss National Science Foundation deals with the dual role of science in development cooperation.


Support for fresh scientific ideas

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press release by the largest Swiss crowdfunding platform wemakeit on the Science Booster, a new crowdfunding initiative which supports research projects with CHF 225'000.


Organic farming in sub-Saharan Africa is productive, economically viable and resource-conserving

media release by FiBL about its long-term study in Kenya showing that maize yields and nutrient uptake in the organic farming systems are quite similar to conventional systems while organic systems are more profitable for farmers due to premium prices


Stevia: Coca-Cola needs to negotiate a benefit-sharing agreement with the Guarani

press release by Public Eye about the fact that the Guarani that discovered stevia's sweetening properties do not receive any share of the benefits arising from of its commercial use


Call for Papers: European Conference on African Studies

The Centre for African Studies Basel and the Swiss Society for African Studies invite researchers to submit paper proposals for the 7th European Conference on African Studies ECAS 2017 with the theme: Urban Africa - Urban Africans: New encounters of the rural and the urban. Deadline for submissions: 19 January 2017


Willy Müller Award

This award is open to graduate students (MSc and PhD) registered at Swiss universities and planning to conduct their projects (at least in part) in West Africa in close collaboration with a team of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS); there is no specific deadline


Gentechnologie in Entwicklungsländern: „Wir wurden hinters Licht geführt“

text and video summary of an event on genetic engineering in developing countries organized by Swissaid


First Annual World Food System Center Symposium a Success

news by ETH World Food System Center about its first annual Symposium with presentations and posters featuring food systems research being conducted at ETH Zurich


Research and innovation as drivers in achieving the 2030 Agenda SDGs

information by KFPE on the results of the second Research Fair held at SDC's head office in Bern, where stakeholders from science, development and politics gathered to explore the best ways of achieving the SDGs


Cadmium, cocoa beans and chocolate

News by ETH on a joint project with FiBL investigating the problem of cadmium contamination of cocoa in Latin America, focusing especially on Honduras and Bolivia


Microorganisms, mixed crops and recycled fertilizer may help date palm cultivation

news by FiBL about a project in Morocco and Tunisia aiming to establish a novel organic bio-fertilizer technology in order to counter the harsh environmental conditions and the spread of root diseases that are threatening date palm cultivation


ERC Consolidator Grants Call 2017

The Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team. Deadline: 9 February 2017


The worldwide race to own fertile land

article on about the worrying rise in foreign investors buying up land in poor countries, analyzed in the new report of the Land Matrix project


Baselbieter Firma hilft Afrikanischen Bauern

article in "bz Basellandschaftliche Zeitung" about an easy-to-use tool developed by the company Bioreba that allows African smallholders to diagnose the maize pest «Maize Lethal Necrosis» at an early stage


Grosse Unterschiede bei der Palmölbeschaffung

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)


New advisory tool on Animal-friendly pig husbandry in Africa

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


The future of plant breeding

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


r4d programme explained in new brochure

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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


Neue Verantwortlichkeiten in der BLW-Geschäftsleitung

The responsibilities in the management of the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) have been reassigned.


WOCAT launches new global database on sustainable land management

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


“Smallholders could meet much more of Africa’s soybean demand”

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interview with James Wathiru working for Syngenta Foundation in Kenya with the aim to improve smallholders' access to good soya seeds


Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 Update Now Online

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


Geographical indication training in Colombia

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)


Call for Inputs: 7th GFRAS Annual Meeting

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.


BLW-Direktor Lehmann trifft chinesischen Vizeagrarminister Chen Xiaohua

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.


Organic equals conventional agriculture in the tropics

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'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.


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


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


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


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


Fleisch essen oder nicht?

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


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.


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


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