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Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research

Information platform of Switzerland on agricultural research for development:

SFIAR Newsletter No. 70 - February 2014

SFIAR Interview

Monika MessmerMonika Messmer, Head of Plant Breeding, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
"In my point of view the biggest obstacle for rural development is the brain drain from rural areas to megacities."

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SDC's engagement for smallholder and family farming
A new webpage informs about SDC's focus and activities in the area of family farming; three films produced by the SDC address the issue of smallholder farming in developing countries, and project examples show SDC’s work.

Call: Learning Events for Researchers from Developing Countries
KFPE’s Learning Events Programme supports researchers from developing countries involved in research partnerships with a Swiss institution. Deadline for the submission of Learning Events Projects: 28 February 2014

From pumpkins to a mobile, from radishes to school fees
Impact Story by Syngenta Foundation Bangladesh from its project "Sustainable Agriculture for Santal Communities"

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Comment renforcer les migrants porteurs de projets en agriculture?
table ronde organisé par la Plateforme «Migration et Développement» de la Fédération Genevoise de Coopération
(12.02.14, Geneva, Switzerland)

Science Day at Biofach 2014
organised by IFOAM, TPorganics and ISOFAR
(14.02.14, Nürnberg, Germany)

GlobalFood Symposium 2014: Transformation of Global Agri-Food Systems
organized by the University of Göttingen
(25.-26.04.14, Göttingen, Germany)

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Science Communications Intern
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) ,
Cali, Colombia
(deadline: 31.01.2014)

Co-Team Leader Rural Economy Team and Senior Advisor Market Systems
Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Bern, Switzerland
(deadline: 09.02.2014)

Principal Scientist - Rural Sociology
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT),
Niamey, Niger or Bamako, Mali
(deadline: 28.02.2014)

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Market access for smallholder producers in East and Southern Africa
Africa Brief. SDC. December 2013

Yield and Economic Performance of Organic and Conventional Cotton-Based Farming Systems – Results from a Field Trial in India
Forster Dionys, Andres Christian, Verma Rajeev, Zundel Christine, Messmer Monika M. , Mäder Paul. PLOS ONE, Volume 8, Issue 12, p.1-15. December 2013

The PRS Is Out but Poor People Are Still Here
The Honduran Poverty Reduction Strategy and Campesino Livelihoods in Western Honduras.
Contzen Sandra. Dissertation. University of Zurich. December 2013

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