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



Call: International Geneva Award

The International Geneva Award has been established to distinguish three recently published academic articles that are are particularly relevant for International Organizations.


Knowledge for development platform is launched

The r4d programme launched its new Knowledge for Development platform.


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.


Call for contributions: Plant health symposium

interested parties are invited to submit abstracts presenting research or field experiences on diverse aspects of plant health (contributors have to participate at the symposium on their own cost); deadline for submissions: 22 November 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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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

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.


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


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


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


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. Submission deadline: 5 November 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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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)


Discussing policies driving sustainable food systems

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


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).


“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).


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)


Die Schweiz arbeitet auf 100 Prozent nachhaltigen Kakao hin

article on 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


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"


Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy Team Up to Deliver Innovation for Nature

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.


The fight against invasive alien species in Eastern Africa has only just begun

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


Might WTO Law Prevent Climate Change Mitigation Affecting Agricultural Trade?

Guest post by Christian Häberli of the World Trade Institute in the International Economic Law and Policy Blog.


Organic farming drives sustainable agriculture

post in ETH Zukunftsblog by Dr. Adrian Müller on the role of organic agriculture in sustainable food systems.


Syngentas Milliardengeschäft mit hochgefährlichen Pestiziden

Press release by Public Eye.


Organic farming drives sustainability in global agriculture

Media release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and Helvetas about an article published in the scientific journal Nature Sustainability.


Pesticides - What does Science Say?

Proceedings of a public event organized by the World Food System Center of ETH Zurich.


New Organic Armenia Agricultural Association established

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


Stories of Tef: A film series

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.

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