Market of traditional grains in Kastamonu, Turkey (Photo: Alessandra Giuliani)



Continuing a forty-year partnership: CGIAR and Switzerland

Press release by CGIAR about three panel sessions with leading agricultural researchers and scientists from 10 CGIAR Research Programs (CRP) and Swiss institutions during the International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD).


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars 2018/19

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. The deadline for submissions varies between countries.


Plattform Agenda 2030

Around 40 Swiss organizations have founded the "Plattform Agenda 2030" which aims to make sustainabilty the guiding principle of all governmental decisions.


Tropentag 2017 - student reporter blog

Student reporters are providing regular updates about the conference on their blog. The conference runs under the title "Future Agriculture - Social-ecological transitions and bio-cultural shifts" and is held in Bonn, Germany.


"The world of science needs to participate more strongly in the political dialogue"

article in uniaktuell about the main results of the International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) hosted at the University of Bern from 5 to 8 September 2017


Planungstool berät Bauern

article in "Schweizer Bauer" about a software developed by ZHAW that can support farmers in the decision what to grow on their land


Call: International Geneva Award 2017

The International Geneva Award has been established to distinguish three academic articles in the area of international studies. Entrants must be professors or post-doctoral researchers working in a Swiss university. Deadline for submissions: 21 September 2017


Conference on approaches to the SDGs in international cooperation

press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) about the International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) that took place at the University of Bern on 5-8 September 2017.


Weltweit für Bildung im Einsatz

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article in infoHAFL about practice-oriented vocational education in developing countries


Ausschluss von Palmöl aus Freihandelsabkommen gefordert

news by LID about an initiative by members of the parliament of the canton of Bern to exclude palm oil from a planned free trade agreement with Malaysia


Livestream - International Conference on Research for Development

All keynote speeches of ICRD 2017 can be viewed online.


Interview with Simon Winter, new director of Syngenta Foundation

From September, Simon Winter succeeds Marco Ferroni as new Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Development. In an interview he talks about farming, his recent past, thoughts for the future and some personal insights.


Satellite technology protects smallholder farmers against crop losses

article by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) about the innovative RIICE (Remote Sensing-Based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging Economies) project.


Call: ERC Synergy Grants

ERC Synergy Grants are intended to enable minimum two to maximum four Principal Investigators and their teams to bring together complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in new way in order to jointly address ambitious research problems. Applications can be made in any field of research. Deadline: 14 November 2017


Call: ERC Starting Grants

ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team. Applications can be made in any field of research. Deadline: 17 October 2017


Multi-nutrient rice against malnutrition

news by ETH World Food System about the first multi-nutrient rice variety developed by ETH researchers.


Call: Tech4Dev Conference sessions, events and papers

The UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development invites interested parties from research, industry, or civil society to submit proposals under one of six thematic core areas of the Tech4Dev Conference "Voices of the Global South". Deadline for applications: 30 September 2017


“Indian agriculture faces 101 problems. But I‘m confident for the future.“

interview by Syngenta Foundation with Indian Professor Ashok Gulati about his country’s agricultural development, and how it should best tackle the future


Building resilience in the tef value chain in Ethiopia

news by ETH World Food System Center about an Ethiopian stakeholder workshop organized as part of the Center's project "Assessing and Enhancing the Resilience of the Tef and Cocoa Value Chains"


Call: Breakout Sessions, Events and Papers at 2018 Tech4Dev Conference

The UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development hosted at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) calls for the submission of Breakout Sessions, Events or Papers for its 2018 International Tech4Dev Conference; core thematic areas are i.a. Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Habitat; deadline for submissions is 30 September 2017


WFS Summer School a success in Stellenbosch, South Africa

short article by ETH World Food System Center about its summer school held from 25 June to 8 July 2017 in Stellenbosch, South Africa around the question: "How do we make change happen in the food system? "


Insect production from biowastes for animal feeds - Project kick-off

news by ETH World Food System Center about a the start of a new research project that will focus on the use of black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) to convert organic waste into a component for animal feed production


Switzerland and Ghana launch 2017–2020 cooperation strategy

Ghana is Switzerland’s main trading partner in Africa. During an offical visit by President Doris Leuthard a cooperation strategy for 2017 to 2020 was launched and a declaration of intent to launch the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa signed.


Call: SNSF Project funding

The Swiss National Science Foundation provides project funding (excluding applicants salary) to enable researchers to conduct research projects on self-chosen topics and with self-chosen goals; deadline for submissions: 1 October 2017


Call: One-Year Research Merger

This instrument aims to promote sustainable research cooperation between Swiss and Latin American scholars and produce accountable scientific outcomes in domains which have been identified as priority by both Latin American and Swiss institutions. Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2017


Call for Proposals for Conferences 2019

The Congressi Stefano Franscini, conference platform of the ETH Zurich, gives researchers at Swiss research institutions the possibility and financial support to organize research conferences and Workshops at Monte Verità, a hilltop over Ascona and Lake Maggiore. Deadline for applications: 15 January 2018


Ensuring the future of crop plants in the permafrost

article by SDC and interview with Simon Zbinden - co-head of the SDC’s Global Programme Food Security Division - about the Global Seed Vault on Spitsbergen where up to 4.5 million seed samples can be stored


Call: Seed Money Grants

The goal of the Seed Money Grants is to strengthen or initiate scientific exchanges between Swiss and Latin American researchers and institutions in all disciplinary areas by enabling them to jointly undertake preliminary research or organize workshops. Deadline for applications: 30 August 2017


Call: Doc.Mobility Fellowships

The fellowships are designed for doctoral students (Swiss or working at a Swiss institution for min. 1 year) who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. Deadline for application: 1 September 2017


Call: Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowships

The fellowships are designed for postdocs at the beginning of their career (Swiss or working at a Swiss institution for min. 3 years) who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. Deadline for application: 1 September 2017


Palm oil can be more biodiversity-friendly

news by ETH about a recent NZZ am Sonntag article focusing on the complex consequences of intense palm oil production in rainforest areas, such as Malaysia, and featuring the research of ETH postdoctoral researcher Dr. Natalia Ocampo-Penuela


FiBL and Korean partners: Organic strategies for fruit orchards

news by FiBL about a new project with Korea to test fruit varieties and plant protection agents and the signing of a long-term cooperation agreement between FiBL and its Korean research partners


The climatic causes of famine in Africa

news by ETH about a recent report on Swiss Radio highlighting the climatic and man-made causes of the hunger catastrophe in Africa and featuring Prof. Sonia Seneviratne's insight into the challenges of predicting the effects of global warming on drought.


New company spreads technology that helps small farmers earn more

communiqué by Syngenta Foundation and Eisblink Holding about an agreement for the large-scale commercialization of Farmforce, a mobile technology platform allowing to efficiently manage data from thousands of smallholder farms


Successful export support project completed in Colombia

news report about two WTI SECO programme seminars for Colombian producers-exporters, industry representatives and government officials.


SNSF: new funding scheme for international events and visits

The Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF is optimising its support for international exchanges between researchers by merging its existing funding schemes Scientific Conferences, International Exploratory Workshops and International Short Visits into one.


New joint organic research center established in China

news by FiBL about the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Chinese Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology establishing the Sino-Swiss Organic Agriculture Research Center that will provide a wide range of services in the field of knowledge transfer and research


Syngenta programs to improve farm sustainability more than double their reach

annual update by Syngenta on the progress of their Good Growth Plan


World Food System Grants Platform Supports Five New Projects

news by the ETH World Food System Center about the funding of innovative cross-disciplinary, food system research projects through the Center’s WFS Grants Platform, supported by the Mercator Foundation and the Coop Sustainability Fund


Cacao agroforestry systems increase farmers’ income

press release by FiBL about its long-term study in Bolivia comparing different cacao production systems; the study shows that agroforestry systems and organic management can enhance biodiversity and farmers’ food security and nutrition as well as their income

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