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Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research

Information platform of Switzerland on agricultural research for development:

SFIAR Newsletter No. 83 - April 2016

SFIAR Interview

Firesenai SerekeFiresenai Sereke, School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
"If the rights, opportunities and responsibilities would be clear,
farmers would act more sustainably"

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SFIAR Award 2016

SFIAR Award Call for Applications
SFIAR offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development.This year the best PhD or Post Doc project wins CHF 5’000, the best Master thesis CHF 1’000.
Deadline for applications: 14 July 2016

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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.

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

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

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Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems
Symposium organized by Agridea
28.04.16 | Posieux, Switzerland

Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact
International Conference organized by EPFL / UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development
02.05.16 to 04.05.16 | Lausanne, Switzerland

eco.naturkongress 2016 "Welternährung und die Schweiz"
organized by - Schweizer Forum für nachhaltige Entwicklung
27.05.16 | Basel, Switzerland

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PhD position in plant-microbial interactions
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Deadline: 15.04.2016

Director for Research
International Potato Center (CIP), Lima, Peru
Deadline: 30.04.2016

Berater/in für Agricultural Training Institute
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Baybay, Philippines
Deadline: 15.05.2016

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Rural Advisory Services and International Cooperation
How to reach large numbers of agricultural producers with rural advisory services – a compilation of articles with insights and innovations
Kaegi Stefanie and Schmidt Peter. HELVETAS and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC. Switzerland. April 2016

Large-Scale Land Acquisition and Its Effects on the Water Balance in Investor and Host Countries
Breu Thomas, Bader Christoph, Messerli Peter, Heinimann Andreas, Rist Stephan, Eckert Sandra. in: PLOS. March 2016

Biodiversity Function & Resilience in Tropical Agroforestry Systems Including Shifting Cultivation
Norgrove Lindsey, Beck Jan. Current Forestry Reports, Vol.2, Issue 1, pp 62-80. March 2016

The World of Organic Agriculture. Statistics and Emerging Trends 2016
Willer Helga and Lernoud Julia (Eds.) . Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and IFOAM – Organics International. February 2016

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