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29.11.2019

Finding shared solutions to the world’s urgent challenges

overview on the outcomes of the World Food System Center Research Symposium held on 31 October at ETH Zurich


29.11.2019

Call: ERC Consolidator Grants

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team. Deadline for applications: 4 February 2020


15.11.2019

Call: Bridging Grants with South Asia and Iran

Bridging grants offer the possibility to continue joint research in order to prepare a grant application for a full joint research project; they may also enable the intensification of joint teaching or curriculum development; deadline for applications: 15 January 2020


08.11.2019

Postdoc.Mobility fellowships

These SNSF fellowships are aimed at researchers who have done a doctorate and who wish to pursue an academic career in Switzerland; deadline for applications: 1 February 2020


08.11.2019

Golden Rice Named Among Most Influential Projects of the Last 50 Years

press release by the Golden Rice Project about the fact that it has been recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as one of the most influential projects of the past 50 years


05.11.2019

International research cooperation helps to protect bees more effectively

‘Everyone brings specific expertise and specialist knowledge from their own field. Combining these leads to new insights. This improves the basis for bee protection.' concludes Lukas Jeker from Agroscope over the recently held international conference on "Hazard of Pesticides to Bees".


05.11.2019

Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) call for projects 2020

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams. The project grants run for two years and range from 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss Francs. Submission deadline is January 15th 2020.


05.11.2019

World Biodiversity Forum

The first world forum for biodiversity is focusing on fostering the exchange between science and other actors of society. Contributions are accepted until 10th of November 2019.


01.11.2019

Plenty of hope – and so far, it seems justified

news by Syngenta Foundation about field testing by Ethopian farmers of the new tef variety "Tesfa" (meaning “Hope”) in the context of their Tef Improvement Project


29.10.2019

SECO strengthens reforms in the commodities sector

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin signed an agreement at the annual meetings of the World Bank. The agreement is used to finance projects that help resource-rich developing countries make better use of their revenues from commodities to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth.


25.10.2019

Every trial helps give farmers a better choice

article by Syngenta Foundation about its activites in Kenya to help farmers increase their soybean production by supporting marketing trials of new varieties


25.10.2019

Research partnership Switzerland-Ethiopia brings knowledge to the field

spotlight by CDE on the results of a partnership in the Upper Blue Nile basin that shows how water and land can be used sustainably even in a context of rapid population growth


25.10.2019

Food Security and Land Use in the 21st Century: The Return of Malthus?

article by Timothy Swanson, Professor at the Graduate Institute Geneva, arguing that the human capital in developing regions needs to be a crucial part of the solution to the food security problems of the 21st century


15.10.2019

Knowledge for development platform is launched

The r4d programme launched its new Knowledge for Development platform.


15.10.2019

New report finds continued growth for sustainability standards

he fourth edition of 'The State of Sustainable Markets' report offers new data on standard-compliant land and agriculture and forestry products.


08.10.2019

Small farmers build a strategy for their future

post in Helvetas Blog about the 12-year PAPEA program that supports small agricultural businesses in Burkina Faso along the whole food value chain


08.10.2019

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

Bridging grants can fund the preparation of a joint project proposal for submission to large funding agencies or to develop established and long-term partnerships between two institutions or chairs. Deadline for submissions: 12 January 2020


08.10.2019

Successful Cooperation with Cuba

news by Agroscope about its successfull collaboration with the National Center for Animal and Plant Health in Cuba (CENSA) in the area of organic pollutants in soils


24.09.2019

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019

The 2019 GSDR, entitled “The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development,” was unveiled at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, 11 September 2019. Drafted by an independent group of 15 scientists co-chaired by CDE Director Peter Messerli


20.09.2019

Developing countries lead world on climate ambition

UN report - Since the Paris Agreement in 2015 184 nations have submitted their first Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce green house gases. According to the report at least 112 countries, including many of those most vulnerable to climate change and least responsible for its causes, aim to update the current NDCs by 2020.


13.09.2019

Switzerland makes renewed contribution to CGIAR

press release by the Swiss Government on its decision to support the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with CHF 33.1 million for the years 2020-2021 as part of its efforts to find innovative solutions for high-quality food and sustainable natural resource management


13.09.2019

Advanced breeding paves the way for disease-resistant beans

news by ETH about the research of the group led by Bruno Studer, Professor of Molecular Plant Breeding, who is involved in the development and implementation of a method to efficiently breed for disease-resistant beans in different regions of the world


06.09.2019

Nominations open for Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award

Do you know a leader changing the future of nutrition? Sight and Life is looking for nominations


23.08.2019

Sustainable trade relations for diversified food systems

news by CDE about a new project aiming to show how governments can distinguish between more or less sustainably produced food without violating basic principles of the trade framework


23.08.2019

No sustainability without north-south research

news by the KFPE about the results of its call for project ideas on how research could support the implementation of the SDGs


09.08.2019

Insights into pioneer work: Dynamic Agroforestry with cocoa in Côte d'Ivoire

Post in Food Sytem Stories Blog by ETH Master Students Katja Degonda and Severin Wiens on an innovative 50-ha plantation of a Swiss pioneer in Côte d’Ivoire


26.07.2019

AVIS28: a report to outline Switzerland's future foreign policy

Press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on the results of a working group on Switzerland's future foreign policy.


12.07.2019

Scientists confirm first report of egg parasitoid in Africa to fight devastating fall armyworm

news by CABI about a group of scientists, headed by Dr Marc Kenis of the CABI Centre in Switzerland, confirming the first report of an egg parasitoid Telenomus remus in Africa which could prove an important biological weapon in the fight against the devastating fall armyworm


05.07.2019

Turning the tables on farmers’ weather risks

news by Syngenta Foundation about its new partnership with the University of Reading’s Walker Institute to help smallholder farmers cope better with weather challenges


05.07.2019

GFRAS Annual Meeting: Your registration and inputs

The meeting will focus on the Role of RAS in Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management and will take place from 30 September to 4 October 2019 in Jamaica; the deadline for registration and the submission of input proposals is 28 July 2019.


11.06.2019

Swiss International Cooperation - Annual Report 2018

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) have published the 2018 Annual Report on Switzerland's International Cooperation.


24.05.2019

Prix Schläfli 2019 for CDE researcher Julie Zähringer

CDE researcher Julie Zähringer has won the Prix Schläfli 2019 in Geosciences for her dissertation at the University of Bern on changes in land use around protected areas in Madagascar


24.05.2019

Climate Smart Agroecology & Rural Advisory Services

presentations by Adrian Müller (FiBL), Judith Macchi (HEKS), Sarah Mader (Swissaid) and Frank Eyhorn (Helvetas) held in the context of a webinar organizedy by the Swiss Forum for Rural Advisory Services (SFRAS)


21.05.2019

Discussing policies driving sustainable food systems

News about a recent webinar by Helvetas on “Coherent policies driving sustainable food systems in Switzerland and India”.


07.05.2019

Working in Effective Partnerships to Address Sustainable Development Goals

News about a workshop in Tansania organized by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE).


07.05.2019

“We must combine conservation of nature with benefits to society”

Interview with Andreas Heinimann of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern about the new report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


03.05.2019

More effective international cooperation: FDFA and EAER launch public consultation

press release by the Swiss Government about the strategic approach for Switzerland’s international cooperation (2021-2024), submitted for optional public consultation by the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER)


03.05.2019

Die Schweiz arbeitet auf 100 Prozent nachhaltigen Kakao hin

article on foodaktuell.ch about the aim of the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa to secure that by 2025 minimum 80% of cocoa products imported into Switzerland stem from sustainable cultivation according to a commonly agreed definition


03.05.2019

New Weather Index Insurance project starts in Indonesia

news by Syngenta Foundation about the launch of another one of its Weather Index Insurance (WII) projects in Dana Pandan, Indonesia under the name "Safe and Sustainable Farming Fund"


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