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



Call for papers: SURED conference 2018

Contributions from the following topics are welcome: environmental economics, resource economics, energy economics, economic dynamics and growth theory. Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2018.


Call for mobility grants with South Asia and Iran


The ZHAW mobility grants enable young scientists to integrate in international R&D and help build up new partnerships through personal contacts early on in a scientist’s career. The call is open for activities in all scientific disciplines. Deadline for applications: 31 March 2018


Speaking out against empty promises with hard facts

Thanks to field trials small farmers in Nicaragua could prove that local varieties are more economical and resilient and equally productive as imported seeds of large agricultural enterprises.


Nature Sustainability - new online only journal

Nature Sustainability was launched in January 2018 and will cover studies of sustainability issues, their policy dimensions and possible solutions.


Call for Opportunity Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN Region

The Leading House ETH Zurich opens a call for proposals for opportunity grants supporting activities of Swiss researchers linked to specific events or incidents in the mentioned countries. Applications are accepted on a rolling base until 2020.


2nd SUDAC call for project proposals

The swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) programme seeks targeted support for collaboration between the various types of Swiss higher education institutions and their partners from the Global South. Deadline for applications: 28 February 2018.


Sustainable yam systems in West Africa

post by Delwendé Innocent Kiba in ETH Zukunftsblog about the YAMSYS project that seeks to improve unproductive yam cropping systems in cooperation with local actors working along the yam value chain


Call: Innovation Partnership Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and ASEAN region

Innovation partnership grants will support the establishment of cooperation between Swiss researchers from universities, universities of applied sciences or public research institutes with non-academic innovation agents in the target countries; deadline for applications: 28 February 2018


Call for Bridging Grants with India

This bridging grant offers Swiss researchers who have already successfully completed a project with a partner in India the possibility to continue joint research in order to prepare a grant application for a full joint research project. Deadline for applications: 20 January 2018.


Call: SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships and SNSF Eccellenza Grants

this programme is intended for highly qualified young researchers who aspire to a permanent professorship. Eccellenza supports them in achieving their goal as leaders of a generously funded research project with their own team at a Swiss higher education institution. Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2018


Alles Bio - alles besser? Aber ja, natürlich.

proceedings of the Biovision Symposium 2017.


Greedy or needy? Land use and climate impacts of food in 2050 under different livestock futures

media release by World Food System Center about new research investigating whether achieving food security is a question of supply or demand. The study is part of the international consortium Delivering Food Security on Limited Land.


Increasing zinc accumulation by wheat: New study from ZOMM project

media release by World Food System Center about the potential of clover and mustard green manure crops to increase soil zinc uptake by wheat.


Call for papers: Mountain Research and Development (MRD)

MRD is looking for papers for its Focus Issue on “Adaptation to climate change and sustainable mountain development: Assessing approaches and understanding implications for the future”. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 19 January 2018


Call: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

RISE offers exchanges of staff members involved in research and innovation to develop sustainable collaborative projects and transfer of knowledge in any subject area, deadline for submissions: 21 March 2018


Call: Marie Sklodowska-Curie NIGHT

This Horizon 2020 call supports outreach activities within the framework of the Eurpean Researchers' Night, aiming to enhance researchers' public recognition and to stimulate interest in research careers


What contribution can organic farming make?

post by Adrian Müller in ETH Zukunftsblog about the question whether organic farming can feed the world


Strategic cooperation between FiBL and the Organic Valley in China

media release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) about their strategic cooperation with "China Organic Valley Support Center" at Xiangyang city.


Share | Network | Connect

proceedings of the World Food System Center Research Symposium 2017.


2nd Call for Consortia for Education and Research

The swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) aims to support collaboration between the various types of Swiss higher education institutions and their partners in low and middle income countries. In this context SUDAC launches its second call for Consortia for Education and Research. Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2018


Call: ERC Consolidator Grants 2018

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team. Applications can be made in any field of research. Deadline: 15 February 2018


Changing Landscapes: What Future for Tropical Forests?

documentation of a symposium that took place on 20 October at the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (BFH-HAFL) in Zollikofen.


Indigenous Communities, Land Use and Tropical Deforestation in Argentina

The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern hosts a new research project that investigates the problem of deforestation in the Argentinean dry Chaco. The project is led by Assistant Professor Graziano Ceddia and funded through the European Research Council Consolidator Grant Scheme.


Syngenta and USAID renew global collaboration to improve food security

media release by Syngenta on the renewal of their Memorandum of Understanding with USAID aiming to promote food security amongst smallholder farmers by cooperating on improving research and development, technology adoption and farmer know-how to boost farm productivity


Banning palm oil blocks good practices

blogpost by Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul, ETH Zurich, about the disadvantages of generally banning palm oil in biofuels


Digitalisierung in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit: mit einer App für Kleinbauern gegen Hunger

press release by Swissaid about a smartphone app that was developed for smallholder farmers together with ETH Zurich.


Fraud prevention through verifying organic farming practices

media release by FiBL about the outcomes of the international conference "Improving Integrity of Organic Supply Chains" held in Ukraine in the frame of a Swiss-Ukraine development cooperation project funded by SECO


The importance of shade for coffee beans

news by ETH World Food System Center about a new publication from WFSC member group of Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul showing that maintaining a diverse native tree shade cover leads to enhanced coffee production and quality


Scaling up through enterprise - the private sector and smallholder development

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international multi-stakeholder conference report of Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA).


25 Jahre Fairtrade Max Havelaar: Wandel im Handel

review of the Fairtrade Max Havelaar partner conference in the form of a video and photo protocols.


Joining the debate on global food security

press release by the World Food System Center about the first of the Global Challenges Debates Series at Queen's University Belfast.


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).


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

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