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



Call: International Geneva Award

The International Geneva Award (IG Award) has been established to encourage outstanding research scientists to produce publications that are particularly relevant for International Organisations (IOs). Deadline for submissions: 12 October 2018


Call: Young Scientists Mobility Grants with MENA Countries

This call allows funding of approximately 26 mobility grants for researchers and students to build personal contacts and relationships. The following priority countries have been identified: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Deadline for application: 31 December 2019.


A Syngenta pesticide produced in Switzerland is implicated in deadly poisonings in India

media release by Public Eye about the deadly effects of the pesticide Polo.


Call: ERC Synergy Grants

The grants enable teams of two to four Principal Investigators to pool complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in unprecedented ways in order to jointly address ambitious research problems; deadline: 8 November 2018


Call: ERC Starting Grants

ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage typically 2-7 years after their PhD. Up to €1.5 mio are available for projects of up to 5 years duration. Deadline: 17 October 2018


Researchers in Bolivia recommend reining in pesticides

spotlight by CDE on its project “Towards Food Sustainability”, where scientists investigated the relationship between soya production and pesticide use in Bolivia


Call: Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarship

the three year scholarship aims to promote doctoral research for the benefit of underprivileged people in low-income countries; eligible are only candidates with the support of a professor of ETH Zurich; deadline for concept note submission: 15 October 2018


Keeping oranges cool: New studies from PACKCHAIN project

News of the World Food System Center about two new studies investigating how fresh fruit temperature and quality change during the refrigerated storage and transport in the citrus export pathway from South Africa to Europe.


New on Requirements for organic imports for China, Japan and Brazil

News of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) on new offerings on the website


Soil bugs munch on plastics

Thin mulch films made of polyethylene are used in agriculture in numerous countries, where they cause extensive soil contamination. Researchers at ETH Zurich and Eawag have now identified an alternative: films made of the polymer PBAT biodegrade in soils.


New tool for satellite image preprocessing and composition

CDE researchers have developed a user-friendly online tool that requires only little user input to produce ready-to-use image composites.


r4d programme grows to 57 projects

news by the r4d programme giving an overview of the programme with an updated interactive network map and programme factsheets


Why cows should eat insects

news by ETH World Food System Center about a recent NZZ article that highlights the research project “Insect production from biowastes for animal feeds,” a collaboration of ETH Zurich, Eawag - Sandec, industrial partners, and local processing facilities in developing countries


Diverse shade canopies key to healthy soils: New study from MOCA project

news by ETH World Food System Center about a new study published by the group of Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul showing that diverse shade tree canopies increase nutrient cycling and resilience in coffee agroforestry systems


Organic market and sector development – a decade of successful cooperation between Ukraine and Switzerland

Media release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland) about the Swiss-Ukrainian project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).


Tackling food system challenges through experiential education

news by ETH World Food System Center about a new study that explores how educators can design food systems education programs to help graduates think and work in new ways


Lao Agriculture Atlas to help in decision-making towards SDGs

press release by CDE about the presentation of the first atlas of agriculture in the Lao PDR containing detailed data on changes in agricultural production in the country


Protecting plants intelligently

Post by Prof. Robert Finger on the ETH Zukunftsblog about how to reduce the environmental and health risks of pesticides in an intelligent way without banning them completely.


Coop setzt vermehrt auf Bio-Palmöl

news by LID about the decision of Swiss retailer COOP to use certified organic palm oil also in its non-organic brands and where possible to use more sustainable alternatives to palm oil


Two International Research Projects Launched

news by Agroscope on its participation in two new agricultural research projects in Cuba funded by the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d)


11 new r4d projects selected in the third thematically open call

news by the r4d programme on the outcome of its last thematically open call


Weniger Hunger dank Pestiziden?

article in the SDC magazine "Eine Welt" about the controversial issue of pesticide use in developing countries


Climate change and land grabbing: The example of the Mekong region

spotlight by CDE on a research project in the Mekong region that shows how land grabbing and deforestation are linked, and why this matters for global efforts to address climate change


Preserving varieties, promoting biodiversity and improving food security

article by SDC about the results of a project in Uganda, where SDC has supported the development of a seedbank, combined with training of farmers in the production of healthy seeds and in business management and the revision of national seed legislation


Optimum shade for cocoa

news by ETH about results of a field study comparing shaded and unshaded cocoa systems in Ghana in order to find more sustainable agricultural practices in cocoa production


An audible extension to the voices of farming

news by Syngenta Foundation about current activities within their project on radio extension for Kenyan smallholders in minority languages


Switzerland continues participation in International Fund for Agricultural Development

press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on the decision of the Federal Council to place CHF 40.25 million at the disposal of IFAD for the 2019–21 period for the implementation of its programmes


How to profit from biowaste

News about a project of ETH Zurich and Eawag that develops a method to produce animal feed from biowaste products.


The 2030 Agenda requires coherent policies

Blogpost on the CDE datablog about the positive and negative side effects of different policy measures using the example of food security.


Aufwärts am Hindukusch / Semer la paix au Hindou Kouch

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Article in the magazine of the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) about a research for development project in Afghanistan.


Under the mango tree

World Food System Center (WFSC) Education Director Michelle Grant shares lasting impressions from the WFSC Summer School in Côte d'Ivoire.


"Every country must put the welfare of the whole Earth above all else"

Report about the 1st Swiss-UN Day that took place at the University of Bern on 23 March 2018.


Innovations in rice value chains offer increased job opportunities for rural youth

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), together with the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, has launched a new project that will foster youth entrepreneurship, strengthen market ties, and enhance livelihoods in the rice sectors of Mali and Senegal.


Strong growth in crop yields and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions

Media release about Syngenta's Good Growth Plan 2017 results.


Agroforestry can safeguard the future of chocolate

Media release of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) about the potential of diversification in combating the viral disease Cocoa Swollen Shoot (CSSVD).


Agroscope Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Global Seed Vault

press release by Agroscope about its contribution to the global seed vault and its participation at the celebration of the vault's tenth anniversary in Svalbard, Norway


SNSF Project Funding

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) provides project funding to enable researchers to conduct research projects on self-chosen topics and with self-chosen goals under their own responsibility; applicants can not apply for their own salaries. Deadline for application: 1 October 2018


Water – Joint responsibility, joint solutions

Article by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) about Switzerland's engagement in sustainable water management and its participation in the World Water Forum in Brasilia.


Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?

News of the World Food System Center about a Food Matters report on the role of livestock grazing in maintaining food security for parts of the world most vulnerable to climate change.


Switzerland and Afghanistan sign agreement on development cooperation and humanitarian aid

Media release of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

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