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09.12.2016

Call: Research and Innovation Staff Exchange 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


29.11.2016

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.


29.11.2016

Sustainability Visiting Expert Programme: call for applications

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.


29.11.2016

Bringing tech&science closer to people: call for project submission

"interest" and the Centre for Innovation and Technology Commercialization (CIKT) are looking for top-notch tech&science projects.


29.11.2016

World Water Week 2017: call for abstracts

World Water Week welcomes abstracts from experts and actors of all disciplines who wish to present their work and research at the seminars during the World Water Week in Stockholm.


29.11.2016

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.


29.11.2016

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.


25.11.2016

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


18.11.2016

SNIS Call for Projects 2017

the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams from Swiss Higher Education Institutions working in the area of international studies; deadline for submissions: 11 January 2017


18.11.2016

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


18.11.2016

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


18.11.2016

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


15.11.2016

Gentechnologie in Entwicklungsländern: „Wir wurden hinters Licht geführt“

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


11.11.2016

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


11.11.2016

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


04.11.2016

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


21.10.2016

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


21.10.2016

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


21.10.2016

The worldwide race to own fertile land

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


08.10.2016

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


23.09.2016

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)


23.09.2016

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


16.09.2016

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


26.08.2016

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


15.08.2016

Neue Verantwortlichkeiten in der BLW-Geschäftsleitung

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


12.08.2016

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


12.08.2016

“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


11.08.2016

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


22.07.2016

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)


15.07.2016

SNSF Project Funding

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


08.07.2016

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


04.07.2016

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.


04.07.2016

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.


01.07.2016

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


24.06.2016

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.


24.06.2016

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


17.06.2016

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


17.06.2016

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


10.06.2016

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


10.06.2016

Fleisch essen oder nicht?

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


03.06.2016

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.


03.06.2016

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


20.05.2016

Kein Freihandel für malaysisches Palmöl

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


13.05.2016

Call for Proposals - Research Fair on the Agenda 2030

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.


13.05.2016

Call: Student reporter at the Tropentag 2016

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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


29.04.2016

CDE hosts Global Land Project's International Project Office

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.


26.04.2016

Évaluer les décisions sur l’agriculture dans le paquet de Nairobi

Article publish by Jonathan Hepburn in the journal Passerelles, Volume 17, Number 2


07.04.2016

Nutrition - New Focus Area of SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network

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.


24.03.2016

SNIS Award 2016

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


24.03.2016

The Good Growth Plan: progress made across all commitments

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


11.03.2016

OECD Agrarministertreffen - Bundesrat genehmigt Mandat der Schweizer Delegation

news by the Federal Office for Agriculture on the mandate of the Swiss delegation for the upcoming meeting of ministers of agriculture


09.03.2016

ETH World Food System Grants Platform Supports 8 New Projects

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


04.03.2016

World Food System Summer School 2016 - Applications now open

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


04.03.2016

SDC Experience Capitalization in Pastoralism

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.


04.03.2016

WOCAT tablet app

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


19.02.2016

Master of Advanced Studies in Development and Cooperation (ETH-NADEL)

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


19.02.2016

Federal Council adopts Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017–2020

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


19.02.2016

New professorship at CDE

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


12.02.2016

Call for Papers: Tropentag 2016 in Vienna

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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


12.02.2016

ICIPE und Agroscope konkretisieren ihre Zusammenarbeit

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


05.02.2016

Consultancy for new SDC livestock project in Mongolia

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


01.02.2016

Improved harvest for small farms thanks to naturally cloned crops

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.


29.01.2016

Hehre Hülsenfrüchte (Teil 1): Von wegen nicht die Bohne

post by Prof. Achim Walter in ETH Zukunftsblog about the importance of pulses for global agriculture


29.01.2016

Strategic partnership for customized sustainability assessments in the food sector

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


21.01.2016

Scientific mission to Kenya

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.


18.01.2016

Executive Certificate in Environmental Governance

10 - 18 March 2016 & 26 May - 3 June 2016; applications are open now.


15.01.2016

Colloquium on Research for Development - Call for Applications

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


15.01.2016

Call: Stepping Stone Symposia or other Workshops (Switzerland-China)

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.


18.12.2015

Oil Palm: Beyond Controversy

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


18.12.2015

Klimavereinbarung ignoriert die Landwirtschaft

press release by Biovision criticizing that the Paris Agreement on climate change does not mention agriculture


14.12.2015

Nutzung genetischer Ressourcen: Nagoya-Verordnung verabschiedet

The Swiss Federal Council have passed the Nagoya Regulation. The Regulation shall become effective on 1. February 2016.


11.12.2015

3rd Call for proposals to develop good practice notes

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


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