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Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research

Information platform of Switzerland on agricultural research for development:

SFIAR Newsletter No. 63 - October 2012

SFIAR Interview

Michelle GrantMichelle Grant, Executive Director, World Food System Center, ETH Zurich
"Imagine your 7 best friends, and they represent all the people in the world. One of them would be constantly hungry, one or two would be sick because they do not get all the nutrients they need from the food they eat, and one of them gets too much of the wrong food and is overweight and unhealthy."

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SFIAR Award 2012

Dr. Sabine Douxchamps wins SFIAR Award 2012
The winning project is entitled: "Integration of Canavalia brasiliensis into the crop-livestock system of the Nicaraguan hillsides: environmental adaptation and nitrogen dynamics"

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Post-harvest management - SDC's past and current activities
A comprehensive new section of the SDC Agriculture and Food Security Network website informs about the POSTCOSECHA program in Central America and about SDC's new post-harvest programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Automated Weather Stations Drive Groundbreaking Low-cost Micro-insurance Plan for Rwanda's Farmers
press release by Syngenta Foundation et al. about the introduction of the micro insurance project "Kilimo Salama" in Rwanda, shielding small scale farmers from significant financial losses when the weather damages their crops.

Abfallvertilgende Larve wird zu Tierfutter
report by Swiss Television about a project by FiBL aiming to use the tropical larva Hermetia as an alternative to soya flour for animal feed

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Making the connection: Value chains for transforming smallholder agriculture
Event organized by CTA, UNECA, FAO and others
(06.-09.11.2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Plants Replacing Fossil Fuels?
Plant Science Center Symposium 2012
(08.11.2012, Zürich, Switzerland)

Tertiary Education for Sustainable Development (incl. SFIAR Award Ceremony)
North-South Forum organised by NCCR North-South, North-South Center of ETH Zürich and KFPE
(13.11.2012, Bern, Switzerland)

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Senior lecturer, researcher in international livestock systems
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL), Zollikofen, Switzerland
Deadline: 16.11.2012

2 Doctoral Researcher Positions in Agricultural Economics
University of Goettingen, Germany
Deadline: 09.11.2012

Deputy Director General-Research
International Crops Research Insititute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Deadline: 30.11.2012

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Enhanced top soil carbon stocks under organic farming
Andreas Gattinger et al. in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), October 15, 2012

Kurswechsel in der Landwirtschaft
Brot für alle / Fastenopfer. EinBlick 2/2012

Harmonisation and extension of the bioenergy inventories and assessment
End report by Empa, Forschungsanstalt Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART, Paul Scherrer Institut, Doka Ökobilanzen. 31 August 2012

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