Insurance can play a key role in farmers’ resilience. Its value greatly increases when combined with the right agricultural inputs. A Syngenta Foundation program in Zambia helps smallholders become progressively more professional.
Soil is an essential, non-renewable resource for agriculture. Syngenta Foundation's Alva Kretschmer and Yuan Zhou write about what governments can do to adress soil degradation and what the foudation is doing.
Medienmitteilung von Alliance Sud über eine Kampagne zur Stärkung der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, aus Anlass der Bestrebung des Bundesrates, den Wiederaufbau der Ukraine aus Geldern der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit zu finanzieren
This year's SFIAR Award Ceremony focuses on the theme "Producing food without consuming forests: how to reduce deforestation in Amazonia". It will be held at BFH-HAFL in Zollikofen on 12 December from 16:15–18:40. Presentations, panel discussion and apéro. Registration is free.
Potatoes, a vital staple and affordable food source in densely populated Bangladesh, are set to undergo a revolutionary transformation in farming practices thanks to a groundbreaking technique for producing high-quality seed potatoes.
Many city inhabitants worldwide eat unhealthily. A recent Learning Forum hosted by Syngenta Foundation gave an update on progress with improvements in Kenya and Rwanda. Awareness and agriculture both play a big role.
In the frame of the SIRED project to support producers in Kosovo in the transition to organic farming, FiBL created a 36-page technical guide (in English; free to download) on organic bush berry production.
In-person attendance at the Biovision Symposium on sustainable food systems is fully booked, but you can still participate online on 18 November from 14:00-17:00. Click here for full programme and to register.
The NICE project brings together urban dwellers, farmers, producers, and other food system players for the World Food Day 2023 commemoration in Bungoma County in line with the theme of water conservation.
Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) promotes academic research in the interdisciplinary area of international studies with an interest in projects that transcend traditional nation-state boundaries. Pre-proposal deadline: 25 January 2024.
A joint initiative by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Biovision Foundation, and WWF to produce a handbook ahead of the 26th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 26; May 2024) on integrating agroecology into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).
The online public lecture series on agroecology and its role in the transformation of sustainable food systems returns on 10 October. Presented by the World Food System Center and Grassland Sciences Group. Next events 24 and 31 October.
Zum fünfzigjährigen Jubiläum des FiBL haben sich Urs Niggli und Hartmut "Hardy" Vogtmann gemeinsam ins Podcast-Studio von FiBL Focus gesetzt und erzählen unter anderem davon, wie sie Prinz Charles zum Biolandbau bewegt haben.
Pflanzliche Getränke auf der Basis von Soja, Getreide, Samen oder Nüssen werden immer häufiger als Milchersatz konsumiert. Agroscope-Forschende haben Makro- sowie Mikronährstoffe dieser Getränke untersucht und grosse Unterschiede festgestellt.
For CDE, it is unacceptable, that the Swiss government plans to shift CHF 1.5 billion from development cooperation to urgently needed support for Ukraine, and the proposal could also be more ambitious and more coherent regarding the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
News by SNSF - Turling's work has been the basis for major progress in the understanding of plant-insect interactions. It has also opened up the way for developing new approaches in biological pest control.
Using a new analytical method, ETH Zurich doctoral student Julie Lestang aims to determine the chemical profile of cacao beans reliably and quickly. This forms the basis for controlled fermentation – and high-quality chocolate.
BFH-HAFL-Student Stefan Roth reist auf den Spuren von Seidenraupen und Seidenproduzenten durch mehrere europäische Länder. Durch seinen Praktikumsbericht lässt sich «Internationale Landwirtschaft» für einmal hautnah miterleben.
Syngenta Foundation Bangladesh's project "Introducing Water-Efficient Technologies" aimed to minimize mango farmers’ use of groundwater by introducing Ultra High-Density Plantation practices combined with drip irrigation
Biovision will zusammen mit engagierten Unternehmerinnen und Unternehmern den Bio-Markt in Tansania aufbauen. Sie haben drei dieser Unternehmen besucht und erfahren, wie stark in diesem Land der der Bio-Sektor zu pulsieren beginnt.
With the motto: "But don’t hear it from us – hear it from them!" the Syngenta Foundation has launched a short video series with farmers talking about their plans, challenges and collaboration with the Foundation.
The HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute ‘Snakes and Ladders on the way to Agroecology’ project in Tanzania and India recently ended. In this short video, project leader Prof. Gurbir S Bhullar from BFH-HAFL explains the board game and highlights the positive impact it's had on smallholder farming communities.
In Southeast Asia, there is a growing interest in organic production and certification of vegetables to provide local markets with safer products. In 2022, FiBL Switzerland and partners implemented a project related to organic vegetables in Vietnam.
In der Debatte um die internationale Zusammenarbeit werden Privatsektor und Nichtregierungsorganisationen oft gegeneinander ausgespielt. Das Analysepapier von Alliance Sud bietet eine differenzierte Sicht.
The ETH WFSC Flagship Project Enhancing Resilience in Food Systems seeks to directly contribute to food systems resilience by supporting decision-making in practice through stakeholder participation and academic education.
In the project “Agreement on Agriculture Reimagined – Towards a model Agreement on Agriculture Trade for Sustainable Development”, an international group of experts from the global North and global South is exploring ways to redesign global agricultural trade to support sustainable food systems in diverse contexts.
Retiring professors in the International Agriculture group Dominique Guenat and Christoph Studer have worked at BFH-HAFL for so long you could say they’re “part of the furniture”. Here they discuss their career highlights, achievements and future plans, plus their hopes for HAFL.
The Agenda seeks to address common challenges, promote sustainable development, and strengthen partnerships in key sectors including agriculture. One key objective is to promote research collaboration and knowledge exchange between African and European institutions.
150 participants came together on the 5th of May in Bern to discuss challenges and opportunities for decolonizing Swiss research collaborations. The summaries of the parallel sessions and the presenters’ slides are now available online
Syngenta Foundation's Executive Director for India, Rajendra Jog, stresses that better access to tools and services and rural entrepreneurship can improve the situation of smallholders, but policy also plays a major role
the Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) has recently published its "Strategy 2023-2026" where it defines its principles, priority themes - one being sustainable food systems with a focus on agroecology - and its priority countries
Register by 13 June for the HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute's Annual Event to be held in Zollikofen on 20 June 2023. The theme is: "Agroecology: Dreamy buzzword or practical solution for sustainable landscapes and food systems?" The Institute contributes to the development of sustainable smallholder agricultural, forest and food systems in low- and middle-income countries, mainly in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
article in the SDC magazine "One World" about how an SDC programme in the Goascorán River basin in Honduras has improved the livelihoods of smallholder farm families and reduced their vulnerability to climate change
news by Syngenta Foundation featuring an interview with Chief Scientist Mike Robinson about the acheivements of the International Wheat Yield Partnership focusing on increasing the crop’s photosynthetic efficiency
FAO published a new technical manual on „Sustainable Potato Production in Tajikistan”. Lukas Bertschinger of klb innovation had the lead in conceptualising the manual, coordinated its edition jointly with Tajik scientists and contributed several chapters
article for KFPE by O. Ravaka Andriamihaja of the University of Bern on how to combat the fact that North-South collaboration in research create dependence and invisibility, undermining the chances of finding solutions for global challenges
Registration for the HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute’s fourth annual event, to be held on 20 June at BFH-HAFL in Zollikofen, Switzerland, is now open. The theme of the event is: "Agroecology: Dreamy buzzword or practical solution for sustainable landscapes and food systems?" The full programme and registration form can be found in the link.
Read a personal account from Dr Zenebe Uraguchi, who is now the Head of the HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute for International Cooperation and Development at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Zollikofen. He was previously with Helvetas for 13 years.
news by ETH about its participation in an international project in the Kasaï Basin, the largest tributary of the Congo River, investigating how erosion can cause carbon sinks in soils to become carbon sources
As a new project from FiBL, which runs for three years, the CARE r4d project will disseminate research evidence generated by five r4d projects to contribute to an emerging international network working towards an agroecological transition of the food systems in West Africa.
CABI has signed a MoU with the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The agreement, which includes creating a project office in Hanoi, aims to bolster Vietnam’s capacity to carry out long-term international cooperation in agricultural science and technology, including, for example, the sustainable management of crop pests and diseases.
Report from the Syngenta Foundation focusing on the importance of women and youth in transforming food systems, as part of the NICE (Nutrition in City Ecosystems) project presented at the recent Eastern Africa Agroecology Conference in Kenya.
Read about the CDE research project COMMONPATHS, which focuses on urban resources managed as commons – in Ghana and Switzerland – and how the collectives that manage them address overconsumption and inequality.
SWISSAID has initiated an emergency relief initiative to distribute seeds and food packages in Chad, which has been devastated by the heaviest downpours in three decades, stripping the people of their homes, farmlands, and crops. New seeds are needed to secure the upcoming harvest.
The extraction of tannins has the potential to create new, sustainable income opportunities for the people of the Philippines. In a four-year project, researchers from the Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and the Philippines identified coconut husks as a promising source of large quantities of tannin.
CABI’s bioprotection resource, the CABI BioProtection Portal, has now been launched in Tanzania to give growers and advisors the information they need to help fight crop pests and diseases more sustainably.
The CSRS - Eremitage Fund Prize for Scientific Research in Partnership honors researchers for excellence in scientific research between scientific institutions in the North and in Côte d'Ivoire and/or in other countries of West Africa.
Press release by Saatgut-Koalition about a decision by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Swiss National Council to remove a clause on plant variety protection from trade agreements negotiated by Switzerland in the future.
Bereits seit 2007 vergleicht das FiBL zusammen mit lokalen Partnern konventionellen und biologischen Landbau in Kenia, Indien und Bolivien im Programm SysCom (Farming Systems Comparison in the Tropics). Zu den Erkenntnissen aus den Langzeitversuchen sind in der Zeitschrift BioTOPP in den letzten Monaten zwei Artikel erschienen.
news by NADEL about the results of the second survey of the ETH Swiss Panel Global Cooperation 2022 where over 3,000 Swiss residents shared their views on Swiss policies regarding global poverty, migration, and climate change
The BUILD Fund is an investment fund supporting small and medium-sized enterprises in developing countries. Its main objective is to contribute to poverty alleviation, reduce gender inequalities and promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth. One of the four investment sectors is food security, nutrition and agribusiness.
Profile of Peter Schmidt, who has worked in development aid for over 30 years. The turning point in his life came on his first visit to India, as part of an extended internship for the agricultural science degree programme at ETH Zurich.
A multidisciplinary project led by the AgroEcological Transition Group at ETH Zurich aims to understand the links between collective decision-making and ecological footprints in coffee and soybean value chains.
Im Biovision Projekt arbeiten Kleinbauern, Behörden und Wissenschaftlerinnen zusammen, um im semiariden Distrikt Kongwa in Zentraltansania wirkungsvolle agrarökologische Methoden gegen Trockenheit und Erosion zu erproben und umzusetzen.
news by CDE about a new project that aims to help improve development pathways for small-scale farming in Laos and Cambodia through novel approaches in three areas: farming systems, scaling up pathways beyond the farm level, and education and capacity building
Ideas to boost sorghum production, innovate sorghum seed business or the sorghum food market, or to improve livelihoods for smallholder sorghum producers, can be proposed for presentation at the 21st Century Global Sorghum Conference, submission deadline: 24 April 2023
news by Agroscope about Lucius Tamm, a proven expert in organic farming and agroecology, joining Agroscope as responsible for the strategy process as preparation for the new 2026–2029 Work Programme, as well as for the further development of international collaborations
SFIAR offers awards for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development. It recognizes new, innovative and result-oriented research. The best PostDoc/Team project wins CHF 10,000 and the best master's thesis CHF 1,000.
The CGIAR Food Systems Accelerator initiative announced 10 agribusinesses from East and Southern Africa at the launch event in Kigali, Rwanda, on 22 February 2023. The agribusinesses are located in Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, and Rwanda. The initiative aims to support climate-resilient agriculture.
news by the ETH World Food System Center about the continuation of its public lecture series providing a variety of perspectives on the topic of agroecology, with experts speaking about benefits as well as limitations
The SOR4D review panel recently recommended seven projects for funding, including "Agroecology for Resilient Territories in Senegal" and "Dynamic cocoa agroforestry in action in Ghana". Second call for proposals closes 13 February 2023.
In diesem FiBL Focus Talk: Die gesetzlichen Grundlagen werden im Moment sowohl in der EU als auch in der Schweiz neu verhandelt. Die drei Gäste sind die Wissenschaftlerin Monika Messmer vom FiBL, Martin Bossard von Bio Suisse, und Charlotte Aichholz, Pflanzenzüchterin bei Sativa Rheinau.
Carlo Gamper Cardinali from the Department of Crop Sciences at FiBL recently won an ISHS Young Minds Award for his project "Seed treatments for the control of Colletotrichum lindemuthianum and Pseudomonas savastanoi pv. phaseolicola in organic production of bean: establishing test prerequisites".
The Naga people of Myanmar have deep historic, cultural, and spiritual ties to their land, which they manage according to their customary tenure systems. One of these practices is called shifting cultivation or "Jhum". This nine-minute film was made by RRtIP and CDE.
news by Syngenta Foundation about a project in Myanmar where the foundation, together with partners, helps smallholders get better Groundnut (peanut) varieties – particularly those containing more oleic acid
The Solution-oriented Research for Development (SOR4D) programme invites researchers and development actors from policy and practice to collaborate in transnational and transdisciplinary consortia. The submission deadline is 13 February 2023.
In the most recent issue of the University of Bern’s magazine, Sabin Bieri and Theresa Tribaldos of CDE call for a move away from standardized food production and processing in an interview which also touches on global food trade, industrialised monocultures and local food systems.
In collaboration with the Swiss Society for Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Sociology, the World Food System Center held a webinar in December discussing the needs and challenges of implementing social sustainability standards in our food systems.
news by Syngenta Foundaton about a recent study identifying initiatives, spending levels, and drivers of Indonesia’s public R&D spending on food and agriculture, investigating the gaps faced by low-income farmers and consumers and recommending how to tackle these gaps
HarvestPlus and Syngenta are partnering to increase the availability of biofortified seeds while developing the capacity of women as change-agents across the value chain. The collaboration will bring nutrition and livelihood benefits to smallholder farming households in several countries across Africa and Asia.
The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) will provide funding for the NatureFinance project, to enable financial institutions in developing countries to give biological diversity more consideration when financing economic activities.
Helvetas welcomes the historic agreement on biodiversity and will closely monitor its implementation. As strong proponents of agroecology – entailing the minimization of agro-chemical use - they nevertheless believe that the demand to halve the use of hazardous chemicals by 2030 is insufficient.
The "Biodiversity boost through regenerative organic agroforestry in Central Ghana" project from FiBL aims to improve farm resilience and biodiversity by implementing agroforestry in current monoculture orange plantations. It also focuses on finding a viable waste management solution for the by-products from orange peel processing.
Article in the magazine "Global" about the necessity to correct imbalances of power in North-South research cooperation, where countries of the South are mostly researched with research funds and concepts from the North.
The European Commission has published the Horizon Europe 2023-2024 Work Programmes containing the funding opportunities in Horizon Europe for the next two years. They cover all major domains including food and agriculture.
news by ETH World Food System Center about the launch of a partnership with Bayer focused on sustainable agricultural systems and production practices; Bayer will be supporting interdisciplinary research projects with a total donation of 1.1 million Swiss francs over the next four years
Jane Carter's blog for Helvetas describes a project which aims to improve the livelihoods of rural communities through enhanced income from non-timber forest products as well as promoting sustainable natural resource management.
In October, farmers in the Philippine Province of Antique harvested a substantial amount of beta-carotene-enriched Golden Rice for the first time – namely a total of 67 tonnes from 17 fields. ETH Professor Emeritus Ingo Potrykus, the father and inventor of Golden Rice, sees its cultivation in the Philippines as a breakthrough.
news by ETH about the RUNRES project in which ETH researchers together with African partners are creating circular economies that use processed organic waste and human excreta as fertilizer or animal feed, resulting in higher crop yields and new jobs.
Das neue kostenlose und benutzerfreundliche Risikoanalyse-Tool der Berner Fachhochschule BFH-HAFL und der AGRIDEA hilft die Situation des Bauernhofs diesbezüglich umfassend einzuschätzen. Am FarmXchange 2022 vom 2. Dezember wird das Tool in der Praxis eingesetzt.
Food Day @ETH 2022 brought together a diverse audience from academia, industry, government and international organizations for interactive discussions and workshops on food systems innovation and research. The proceedings and other outcomes are now available.
FiBL's "Faces of Organic Cotton" series aims to make the people more visible, whose lives are closely linked to organic cotton and the SysCom-Project. The result is eleven portraits in which people provide a very personal insight into their everyday lives.
An article from Agrinatura examines how the platform of an alliance of stakeholders can improve the implementation of the Africa Union – European Union Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA) Roadmap through a sustainable governance and funding mechanism.
An interview by the Syngenta Foundation with John Mundy, Head of Climate Finance and Technology Partnerships at One Acre Fund, examines which companies and technologies could most help smallholders, and where is remote sensing headed in smallholder farming.
The public lecture series published online by ETH World Food System Center highlights the principles of biodiversity, animal health, social values, participation, and land and natural resource use governance.
Experts of FiBL, together with specialists from Africa, have compiled an extensive manual for trainers on animal-friendly, small to medium organic chicken husbandry. The manual and the associated PowerPoint presentation are available for free download.
article about a visit to a new generation of coffee farmers in Peru by Samuel Brülisauer, doctoral student at CDE and contributor to the COMPASS project studying cocoa and coffee value chains in Peru and Switzerland
The new technical guide elaborated by FiBL experts provides information for the choice of the suitable seedling production system to those who want to start with organic seedling production, and valuable recommendations for improvements to farmers who are already growing seedlings.
media release by FiBL about the release of two new organic cotton varieties after more than ten years of breeding within a decentralised organic participatory breeding program of FiBL Switzerland and partners (winner of SFIAR Award 2021)
news by Syngenta Foundation about a $300,000 competitive grant awarded together with the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) to World Vision to unlock agriculture’s potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
An article from the ETH World Food System Center providing a project update and showcasing a recent workshop with local stakeholders in Ghana focused on increasing the adoption of agroforestry on farms.
An article from Swissaid on emergency aid project in the south of Niger. The farmers in need have received food packages and have been able to plant fast-growing seeds for almost immediate consumption. Beyond the emergency, the project has allowed a conversion to more resistant and quality crops for fight against the climate change.
news by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) about its new structure with three geographical divisions, one thematic division and one multilateral division, which is valid from September 1st
An article from Helvetas describes a project that facilitates and promotes micro-initiatives for nutrition sensitive agriculture, processing and marketing practices on local and national levels. Helvetas advisory services support country offices of Nepal, Pakistan and Tajikistan which implement the project components in these countries.
An article from ETH World Food System Center with impressions from an open discussion about sustainable pest management systems and the exchange among interdisciplinary experts from agronomy, agroecology, human toxicology, ecotoxicology and agricultural economics and policy.
FiBL announces that the sixth edition of the State of Sustainable Markets report was launched in September 2021 as an e-book and is now available as a PDF. Furthermore, data and statistics are available online in an interactive format at the ITC’s Standards Map website.
News from FiBL on a visit of nearly 30 Indian delegates with various political representatives to FiBL in Frick. The visit was organized by the International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA). The purpose of this visit was the promotion of organic agriculture in three Indian states.
news by the World Trade Institute about the first outcome of the project "Repairing Broken Food Trade Routes Ukraine – Africa", providing an overview of the pre-war Ukraine's exports of wheat, barley, corn and sunflower oil
news by the ETH about the identiification by researchers from ETH , the United States and Uganda of the gene responsible for resistance in certain cassava cultivars against the devastating cassava mosaic disease
A newly funded interdisciplinary project will focus on using smartphone images of fields to create visualizations of past and future crop development. This project is the first funded through the research initiative launched by the World Food System Center and fenaco cooperative on the topic of Smart Sustainable Farming.
Applications are open for two new fully online course. The deadline to register for the courses has been extended to 31 July 2022. Each programme is organized around thematic topics towards practical ICM solutions. They are led by ICM experts from the co-organising institutions (CABI and the University of Neuchâtel).
News release by University of Zurich about an international study with UZH participation showing that when a plant community is exposed to drought, the different species undergo evolutionary changes which leads to improved resilience to future drought stress over time
media release by Public Eye about a new report by the coalition «No Patents on Seeds» highlighting that patents on genes and genetic variations can block access to biological diversity for plant breeding
new website by KFPE documenting the outcomes of a workshop with researchers from the Global South and the Global North discussing opportunities and challenges of digitalisation for global research collaboration
Interview by Syngenta Foundation with Katrin Kuhlmann of New Markets Lab about two studies on African seed systems, future needs in seed markets, and further aspects of international trade legislation.
An article from Swissaid describes a project launched by the Colombian alliance “Guardianas de los Páramos”, of which SWISSAID is a member, which aims to protect the ecosystems of six municipalities in the Boyacá region.
In the framework of the RUNRES project, ETH Zurich doctoral student Mélanie Surchat seeks to understand, from the workers’ perspective, the potential of the biowaste economy to create decent work opportunities (especially for youth and women).
Article in the SDC magazine "One World" about the Aceli Africa programme that supports small and medium agri-enterprises in Africa with a mix of financial incentives and promotes gender inclusion and the creation of jobs.
The SDC is in the process of conducting an external evaluation of phase 1 for the RUNRES project (The rural-urban nexus: Establishing a nutrient loop to improve city region food system resilience). Deadline for proposals: 6 May 2022
A blog post from Helvetas that describes how by addressing supply chain constraints and food environment weaknesses, the Leadership to Ensure Adequate Nutrition project, implemented by a consortium of NGOs, has triggered positive changes that benefit the most disadvantaged communities.
An interview from the Syngenta Foundation with Lucy Kioko, its latest Regional Director for East Africa. She talks about why she joined the organisation, and where she sees her work heading. Lucy also talked about women in agriculture, East African examples to others, and why ugali is hard to beat…
interview by Syngenta Foundation with Salif Kante, its country director in Mali, on how his typical day looks like, on the challenges he and the team are currently facing, and where we could be in 2030
news by Syngenta Foundation about the Nutrition in City Ecosystems (NICE) project that started recently in Bangladesh, Kenya, and Rwanda with the goal to improve urban nutrition and health and to reduce poverty
press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on the International Cooperation Forum 2022 taking place in Geneva and aiming to find new solutions to the problems caused by climate change and challenges facing international cooperation
An article from ETH World Food Systems Center about a recently-hosted short course for food systems professionals on designing for food systems resilience using a circular approach. During the 4-day course, 34 professionals from 21 countries came together to learn and collaborate in a highly interactive online program.
Yuan Zhou, leader of Syngenta Foundation's policy research and China Program, talks on three studies on subsidies and soil health in China published by the Foundation togehter with The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
The Africa Strategy 2021-2025, which has recently been published, positions the Research Institute of Oranic Agriculture FiBL as a bridge builder between research and development and is considered a guideline for work in and with Africa.
An article from the Syngenta Foundation showcases a recent study of the consequences of climate change for coffee, avocado and cashew crops that generated an international media response. The study is based on calculations made with CONSUS, an agricultural planning tool developed with the Syngenta Foundation support.
press release by SDC and SECO, referring to the 62 project entries from young people for this year's Youth and Future Prize, the winners of which will be presented on 31 March 2022 at the International Cooperation Forum in Geneva
article by Swissaid criticizing the new genetic engineering technologies and the power relations as well as the industrial agricultural system behind them, and advocating instead for a change towards sustainable and equitable agriculture
article by Syngenta Foundation about a new partnership between Agri-Entrepreneur Growth Foundation and the Indo-Swiss food company Innoterra to provide smallholders with digital services, including the possibility to lease farm animals
Kleinbäuer*innen im globalen Süden produzieren meist klimafreundlich und sind gleichzeitig stark von den Auswirkungen des Klimawandels betroffen. Solidar unterstützt sie in El Salvador und Burkina Faso mit agrarökologischen Methoden.
as part of their annual international conference KFPE and SUDAC host a series of digital workshops in the period before and after the event, Swiss North-South research actors can submit workshop proposal until 25 March 2022
An article from SWISSAID showcasing its rapid and targeted emergency aid to the Dosso region of Niger, as part of which the organisation procured and distributed 62 kilograms of fast-growing seeds that the farmers needed to survive over the next few months.
In 2020, the r4d programme funded seven initiatives to enable the implementation of research findings. A new series of seven overview articles, illustrate how r4d research contributes to sustainable development.
A news release from CDE on the report released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) that launches a call to action for policymakers worldwide seeking to develop sustainable and equitable solutions to the most urgent global challenges.
The World Food Systems Center at ETH shares a news update on the Flagship Project Enhancing Resilience in Food Systems. In 2021 the project continued to move forward, holding stakeholder workshops and publishing results aimed at creating operational approaches for decision-makers to design food systems resilience.
in this ETH World Food System Center news article Jaboury Ghazoul, Professor of Ecosystem Management at ETH Zurich, comments on the importance of soil health to agricultural sustainability and how agribusinesses can help feed microbes as well as people
FAO & the International Association of students in Agricultural and related Sciences (IAAS) are launching the Youth for Climate-Resilient Agriculture Competition to support young actors of better food systems.
This digital map, developed by KFPE and the r4d programme, is a new tool that aims to comprehensively document and visualise the diverse Swiss research partnerships with institutions in low- and middle-income countries.
An interview with Swissinfo, Prof. Em. Thomas Cottier, former Managing Director of the WTI, in which he talks about the significant environmental impact of the production and trade of goods in a globalised market.
The SNSF and SDC have launched the Solution-oriented Research for Development Programme (SOR4D) It will support transdisciplinary research and it will last from 2022 to 2026. The call for projects will be published in the first quarter of 2022.
news by SDC about its Nutrition in Mountain Agroecosystems project, carried out by IFOAM, through which hundreds of mountain farmers have received training on a more diversified and ecologically sound approach to agriculture
The SFIAR Award Ceremony scheduled for 15 December 2021 under the title "How to ensure sustainable & inclusive value chains: Examples of cotton and cocoa" will now be held ONLINE. Deadline for registrations: 13 December 2021
media release by the Swiss Coalition for the Right to Seed calling for the abolition of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) on the occasion of its 60th birthday
An article from FiBL Switzerland on an intertnational workshop to disseminate the results of its SysCom programme, comparing organic and conventional cocoa cultivation in monoculture and agroforestry systems in Bolivia.
SECO, UBS Optimus Foundation, Credit Suisse Foundation and SDC launched the Sustainable Development Goals Impact Finance Initiative aiming to mobilize up to one billion Swiss francs in private capital to advance measurable impact in developing countries
Press release from CDE announcing the launch of a new platform that provides easy access to a large range of development-relevant indicators from various thematic sectors, including statistics and maps on agricultural land use and forest management.
media release by Public Eye about a study on the export of insecticides based on so-called neonicotinoids from the European Union, where these active ingredients are banned, to countries such as Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa or Ghana
What do Kenyan women farmers think of organics? Why should cocoa be grown in agroforestry systems? Four FiBL researchers discuss the opportunities and limitations of organic farming in the developing world.
news by FiBL about the "Food Systems Caravan" project that disseminated research results of local projects of the Swiss r4d programme in West Africa and produced a film showcasing the agroecological renaissance of West Africa
An article from FiBL about the winning platform in the contest "Digital Excellence in Agriculture in Europe and Central Asia", organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
An interview with CDE scientist Markus Giger, one of the main authors of the report of the Land Matrix Initiative, an independent network that documents and monitors large-scale agricultural land deals around the globe
Press release from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs highlighting the recent meeting to stress cross-regional support for the transformation towards sustainable food systems between the Swiss Confederation, Senegal, and Costa Rica, ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit in New York.
press release by FDFA about a meeting of the heads of state of the three countries to discuss innovative solutions from farm to fork that emerged in the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit and define common priorities
On 17 September, the Federal Council initiated transitional measures until Switzerland achieves its stated aim of full association in Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
The SHIFT Prize honours collaborative agroecological research projects that have made an exemplary contribution to transforming food systems. The SysCom project is carried out by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) with numerous partner organizations in Bolivia, India, and Kenya.
This MOOC covers the interlinkages between food, nutrition, and agri-food systems, and the importance of adopting a multisectoral and multidisciplinary approach for promoting healthy diets and nutrition through food systems.
news by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) about the renewal of the partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) aiming to promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
Organic agriculture has the potential to improve both crop yields and incomes of smallholder farms in sub-Saharan Africa substantially – this is shown in a unique collaborative study from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and its partners that has just been published in the renowned journal Global Environmental Change.
An interview by BFH-HAFL with Soe Khaing, a teacher at Yezin Agricultural University (YAU) and a master’s student at HAFL about his experience studying in Switzerland and working to digitise the farmer experience in Myanmar.
A news article describing a recent meeting of experts from FiBL and BFH-HAFL with Plantation Minister and top Government officials of Sri Lanka to discuss the country’s vision for plantation sector and approach taken to embrace organic fertilizer challenge.
news by the ETH World Food System Center about the main outcomes of the webinar "Transforming Food Systems through Agroecology" it co-organized together with partners to share knowledge on the role of agroecology in improving resilience of farming and food systems
article by Biovision about the potential of agroecology to protect the climate and to improve the adaptation to climate change, confirmed by a visit on a Kenyan farm and by a recent report published with FiBL and FAO
This conference organized by KFPE brought together actors from academia, civil society, private sector, administration and politics to discuss the role of research for transformation; the presentations are now available.
article by SWISSAID about a new project on local, almost forgotten crops, aiming to demonstrate their nutritional benefits, supporting farmers to improve their cultivation, and strengthening farmers’ seed systems
press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs about the decision by the Federal Council to renew and increase Switzerland's contribution to IFAD supporting IFAD's ambition to double its impact by 2030
news by the ETH World Food System Center about the publication of a new short film series, highlighting the results of several of its cross-disciplinary and solution-oriented research projects that address food system challenges
news by Syngenta Foundation about a project of its team in India to spread the use of the ‘Happy Seeder’, a special sowing machine that avoids the need to burn crop residues and can raise yields of the following crop