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



Insect production from biowastes for animal feeds - Project kick-off

news by ETH World Food System Center about a the start of a new research project that will focus on the use of black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) to convert organic waste into a component for animal feed production


Switzerland and Ghana launch 2017–2020 cooperation strategy

Ghana is Switzerland’s main trading partner in Africa. During an offical visit by President Doris Leuthard a cooperation strategy for 2017 to 2020 was launched and a declaration of intent to launch the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa signed.


Call: SNSF Project funding

The Swiss National Science Foundation provides project funding (excluding applicants salary) to enable researchers to conduct research projects on self-chosen topics and with self-chosen goals; deadline for submissions: 1 October 2017


Call: One-Year Research Merger

This instrument aims to promote sustainable research cooperation between Swiss and Latin American scholars and produce accountable scientific outcomes in domains which have been identified as priority by both Latin American and Swiss institutions. Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2017


Call for Proposals for Conferences 2019

The Congressi Stefano Franscini, conference platform of the ETH Zurich, gives researchers at Swiss research institutions the possibility and financial support to organize research conferences and Workshops at Monte Verità, a hilltop over Ascona and Lake Maggiore. Deadline for applications: 15 January 2018


Ensuring the future of crop plants in the permafrost

article by SDC and interview with Simon Zbinden - co-head of the SDC’s Global Programme Food Security Division - about the Global Seed Vault on Spitsbergen where up to 4.5 million seed samples can be stored


Call: Seed Money Grants

The goal of the Seed Money Grants is to strengthen or initiate scientific exchanges between Swiss and Latin American researchers and institutions in all disciplinary areas by enabling them to jointly undertake preliminary research or organize workshops. Deadline for applications: 30 August 2017


Call: Doc.Mobility Fellowships

The fellowships are designed for doctoral students (Swiss or working at a Swiss institution for min. 1 year) who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. Deadline for application: 1 September 2017


Call: Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowships

The fellowships are designed for postdocs at the beginning of their career (Swiss or working at a Swiss institution for min. 3 years) who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. Deadline for application: 1 September 2017


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


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.


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


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

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