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.
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
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
Do you know a leader changing the future of nutrition? Sight and Life is looking for nominations
Call for innovation partnership grants will support the establishment of cooperation between Swiss researchers with non-academic innovation agents in China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea and member states of ASEAN.
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
news by the KFPE about the results of its call for project ideas on how research could support the implementation of the SDGs
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
The grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators who are at the career stage of typically 2-7 years after their PhD. Submission deadline: 16 October 2019
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. Submission deadline: 5 November 2019
Press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on the results of a working group on Switzerland's future foreign policy.
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
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
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.
The next Organic World Congress in 2020 (OWC 2020) aims to provide organic and likeminded stakeholders working toward sustainable agriculture, value chains, and consumption with an opportunity to exchange their knowledge, innovations, and experiences. The call for papers is now open, and contributions can be submitted by 30 September 2019.
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.
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
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)
News about a recent webinar by Helvetas on “Coherent policies driving sustainable food systems in Switzerland and India”.
News about a workshop in Tansania organized by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE).
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).
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)
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
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"
Media release by Syngenta about its collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to promote soil health, resource efficiency and habitat protection in major agricultural regions worldwide.
article by CDE about its research on the spread of Prosopis juliflora and other invasive alien species in Eastern Africa, their impacts on local livelihoods, and how they might be managed
Guest post by Christian Häberli of the World Trade Institute in the International Economic Law and Policy Blog.
post in ETH Zukunftsblog by Dr. Adrian Müller on the role of organic agriculture in sustainable food systems.
Press release by Public Eye.
Media release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and Helvetas about an article published in the scientific journal Nature Sustainability.
Proceedings of a public event organized by the World Food System Center of ETH Zurich.
Organisations funding or managing doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship programmes can apply and receive up to 10 million EUR from the European Commission for co-funding new or exisiting programmes. Deadline for applications: 26 September 2019
news by FiBL about its support in the creation and registration of the Organic Armenia Agricultural Association as a non-governmental organisation which aims to develop policies and strengthen the capacity of farmers, producers and processors
The World Food System Center produced a series of films highlighting ETH Zurich’s research concerning the nutrition, farming practices, and sustainability of Tef, a major food grain of Ethiopia.
media release by FiBL about the significance, opportunities and challenges of group certification of organic producers in low- and middle-income countries
news by the ETH World Food System Center about the funding of three research projects through the Center’s competitive Coop Research Program
news by Agroscope about a workshop in Havana, Cuba in the context of the r4d project, ‘Influence of different pest-management systems in potato production on Pesticide Residues in Cuban Soils (PERECUSO)’ that Agroscope is implementing together with Cuban partners
Biovision Foundation has recently launched the website “Agroecology Info Pool" that serves as a platform to provide evidence, knowledge and experiences on the impacts and multiple benefits of Agroecology
media release by FiBL about a workshop held on 26 February 2019 in Brussels, where FiBL presented results of their research on the performance of organic agriculture in tropical and sub-tropical climate zones
press release by FiBL about its assessment and comparison of different organic and conventional palm oil producers in Africa and South America, madated by COOP and SECO in order to clarify to what extent organically certified palm oil helps ensure better environmental and social impact