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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
The World Resources Forum (WRF) is the global science-based platform for sharing knowledge about the economic, social and environmental implications of global resource use. Topics for contributions: I. Policies and governance, II. Technology and innovation, III. Lifestyles and education. Abstract submission deadline: 3 April 2017
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.
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
Exchange grants enable mid-term research stays of 6-24 months for young researchers (PhD and postdoc), the call is open to all scientific disciplines, but initial contacts already have to exist; deadline for submissions: 26 February 2017
The swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) programme seeks targeted support for collaboration between the various types of Swiss higher education institutions and their partners from the Global South. Deadline for submissions: 31.03.2017
The RISE funding scheme of "Horizon 2020" fosters staff exchange between the academic and the non-academic sectors and between European and non-European countries; there are no predefined topics. Deadline for submissions: 5 April 2017
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.
the Elsevier Foundation and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) have joined to create a Visiting Expert Programme in sustainability science. Prospective host institutions can invite distinguished scientists in sustainability to collaborate in research and training.
the newest edition of the magazine of the Swiss National Science Foundation deals with the dual role of science in development cooperation.
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.
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
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
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
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
text and video summary of an event on genetic engineering in developing countries organized by Swissaid
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
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
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
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
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
article on swissinfo.ch about the worrying rise in foreign investors buying up land in poor countries, analyzed in the new report of the Land Matrix project
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
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 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
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 April 2017
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
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