Die Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten des Mercator Kollegs arbeiten während des 12-monatigen Programms in zwei bis drei internationalen Organisationen, global tätigen NGOs oder Wirtschaftsunternehmen. Sie gehen dabei einer selbst gewählten Fragestellung nach; Bewerbungsfrist: 31. Januar 2019
media release by the University of Bern about funding by the Wyss Foundation to carry out two regional practically-oriented research projects in Kenya and Peru to develop innovative approaches for the land use and strategies for biodiversity conservation
press release by FiBL about the successful conclusion of a project that allowed to professionalize the Organic Certification Bodies in Albania, Macedonia, India and Ukraine
Press release by the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE)
the fellowships are aimed at researchers of Swiss nationality or with Swiss residence permit who wish to pursue an academic career in Switzerland, but want to enhance their research profile with a stay abroad
post in ETH Zukunftsblog by Gabriele Manoli arguing that while palm oil is a highly controversial product, replacing it with other vegetable oils could endanger land and water resources
The grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team. Deadline for submissions: 7 February 2019
press release by Public Eye about the "Mercosur Coalition" that has been formed by Swiss NGOs in order to secure that the current free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the Mercosur countries takes into account sustainability criteria and interests of Swiss farmers and consumers
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. Deadline: 16 January 2019.
The Sustainable Food Security call is Horizon 2020's main contribution to research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond. Various topics are open for submissions. Deadline: 23 January 2019
Novartis Foundation and Syngenta Foundation partner to improve heart health through sustainable agriculture and nutrition
News by Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture.
press release by the Syngenta Foundation about its donation to the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) for a second Ph.D. scholarship supporting a doctorate in vegetable breeding
co-organiser Agroscope provides results of the European Society for Agronomy Congress held from 27 to 30 August 2018 in Geneva: Synthesis (in German), abstracts and pictures
Every two years, the Foundation fiat panis honours young academics whose research focuses on solutions to mitigate hunger in food deficit countries with the Josef G. Knoll European Science Award. Christian Andres, scientific researcher at FiBL Switzerland, is one of the three winners in 2018.
Press release of Swissaid about a resolution on peasants' rights that the United Nations Human Rights Council passed last week.
Media release of FiBL about ‘The State of Sustainable Markets 2018: Statistics and Emerging Trends’ report.
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.
media release by Public Eye about the deadly effects of the pesticide Polo.
spotlight by CDE on its project “Towards Food Sustainability”, where scientists investigated the relationship between soya production and pesticide use in Bolivia
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.
News of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) on new offerings on the website www.organicexport.info.
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.
CDE researchers have developed a user-friendly online tool that requires only little user input to produce ready-to-use image composites.
news by the r4d programme giving an overview of the programme with an updated interactive network map and programme factsheets
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
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).
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
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
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.
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
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)
news by the r4d programme on the outcome of its last thematically open call
article in the SDC magazine "Eine Welt" about the controversial issue of pesticide use in developing countries
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
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
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
news by Syngenta Foundation about current activities within their project on radio extension for Kenyan smallholders in minority languages
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
News about a project of ETH Zurich and Eawag that develops a method to produce animal feed from biowaste products.