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Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research

Information platform of Switzerland on agricultural research for development:

SFIAR Newsletter No. 80 - October 2015

SFIAR Interview

Vincent SchmittVincent Schmitt, Food Security Delegate, Caritas Switzerland
"We need to work towards a change of our lifestyle and mentality to enable the promotion of wealth for all."

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SFIAR Award Winners 2015

Zerihun Tadele / Madeleine KaufmannZerihun Tadele (Team) and Madeleine Kaufmann (Master Thesis)
The winners will present their projects on Tef development in Ethiopia and on agrobiodiversity in Cuba at a SFIAR Award Ceremony Event on 25 November 2015 at the University of Bern.

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Call: International Geneva Award 2015
The Award is given to the three best papers published on a subject related to International Studies and especially useful from the perspective of the International Geneva Committee. Deadline for submissions: 27 October 2015

A cure for vitamin B6 deficiency
article in ETH News about plant scientists at ETH and University of Geneva who have found a way to increase vitamin B6 production in the roots and leaves of the cassava plant which could prevent vitamin B6 deficiency among people who consume mostly cassava

Call: ERC Starting Grants 2016
As part of the EU Horizon 2020 programme ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team. Deadline for submissions: 17 November 2015”.

Hochwertiges Saatgut für Nepals Bauern
article by SFIAR Member Rahel Wyss in "Schweizerbauer" about seed production in Nepal, an important sector for the country that is facing many challenges, especially after the recent earthquake

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Participatory and Integrative Approaches in Researching African Environments
Conference organised by the Swiss Society for African Studies and the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology
23.10.2015 | Bern, Switzerland

Better nutrition security through breeding and agrobiodiversity? (working title)
Award Ceremony and discussion organized by SFIAR and hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern
25.11.2015 | Bern, Switzerland

Ökologische Landwirtschaft: Gut für Klima und Boden
Biovision Symposium 2015 organized by Biovision
28.11.2015 | Zurich, Switzerland

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Research Assistant
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland
Deadline: 25.10.2015

Senior Scientist - Weed Biological Control
CABI, Delémont, Switzerland
Deadline: 30.10.2015

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya
Deadline: 31.10.2015

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Feeding the People: Agroecology for Nourishing the World & Transforming the Agri-Food System
Herren Hans Rudolf, Hilbeck Angelika, Hoffmann Ulrich, Robert Home Robert, Levidow Les, Muller Adrian, Nelson Erin, Oehen Bernadette and Pimbert Michel. IFOAM . October 2015

International Contradictions on Farmers Rights
The interrelations between the International Treaty, its Article 9 on Farmers’ Rights, and Relevant Instruments of UPOV and WIPO.
Shashikant Sangeeta, Meienberg François. TWN / Berne Declaration. October 2015

Reducing pesticide use and risks - What action is needed?
Eyhorn Frank, Roner, Tina, Specking Heiko. Briefing paper. Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. September 2015

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