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SFIAR Newsletter No. 71 - April 2014

SFIAR Interview

Marlene HeebMarlene Heeb, Programme Officer, SDC Global Programme Food Security
"I am convinced that investing in healthy nutrition and education for children is extremely effective for further development of whole societies."

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SFIAR Award 2014 - Call for Applications

SFIAR Award Ceremony Take advantage of this opportunity!
The SFIAR offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development. The best PhD or Post Doc project wins CHF 5’000 and the best Master thesis project CHF 1’000. Deadline for applications: 15 July 2014



Call for kick-starting projects
Funding line of the University of Basel to finance kick-start activities with partners in Africa with the aim to incentivize and further collaboration between Swiss and African researchers. Deadline for submission of project ideas: 30 April 2014

AATF and Syngenta Foundation help farmers in Africa grow more with better seed
press release by the African Agricultural Technology Foundation and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) about the launch of a private public partnership that will tackle the shortage of quality seeds in Africa

Call for Contributions: Symposium Parallel Sessions
For its Symposium «International Agriculture in a Changing World: Good News from the Field» HAFL invites all interested participants to submit abstracts presenting their research or field experiences. Deadline for submission: 7 April 2014

Agrotreibstoffe: Wegweisendes Gesetz verabschiedet
The Swiss parliament approves a more strict regulation for tax reduction on agrofuels. In the future, agrofuels that are used or produced in Switzerland must conform to stricter ecological and social standards.

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Third International Conference on Technologies for Development: What is Essential?
organized by EPFL / UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development
(04.-06.06.14, Lausanne, Switzerland)

International Agriculture in a changing world: Good news from the field
organized by International Agriculture at the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
(19.06.14, Zollikofen, Switzerland)

Contribution of Family Farming to Food Security
Conference in the context of the International Year of Family Farming (in German/French)
(27.06.14, Posieux, Switzerland)

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Conseiller(ère) politique / chargé(e) de projet "Changement de cap dans l'agriculture"
Biovision, Zurich, Switzerland
(deadline: 03.04.2014)

Chief Technical Advisor
Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Luang Prabang, Laos
(deadline: 04.04.2014)

Project Manager & Crop Management Specialist
International Potato Center (CIP), Chipata, Zambia
(deadline: 21.04.2014)

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Beyond biofuels: jatropha’s multiple uses for farmers in East Africa
Ehrensperger A, Bach S, Lyimo R, Portner B. CDE Policy Brief, No. 1. Centre for Development and Environment. March 2014

Food Security and Agri-Foreign Direct Investment in Weak States: Finding the Governance Gap to Avoid ‘Land Grab’
Häberli Christian and Smith Fiona . The Modern Law Review (2014) 77(2) MLR 189–222. March 2014

Brain drain or brain circulation? Career paths of international students
Lindberg Emma, Chakrabarti Parijat, Thieme Susan
ETH Global, January 2014

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