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



Call for papers: Tropentag 2019

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Abstracts shall be of original research on the conference topic "Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources management". Deadline for submission: 1 May 2019.


Confluence of Agriculture Development and Healthcare: A turning point in rural progress

News of Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture about a new approach of the MaolKeki Foundation and Syngenta Foundation India to improve the last mile services in agriculture and healthcare in rural areas.


Call for proposals: Together we're better

SDC and SECO are looking for innovative projects, initiatives and ideas for projects run by young Swiss people (below 35) that can help advance sustainable development and fight poverty in developing and transition countries. The prizes will be awarded at the Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference on 21 June 2019. Deadline for...


Call for project proposals: Renewable Energy, Energy and Resource Efficiency Promotion in Developing and Transition Countries (REPIC)

REPIC is partially financing new, sustainable and effective small-scale projects from Swiss institutions with a high replication potential. Deadlines for submission: 15 March and 9 May 2019.


Call for applications: Fellowships of the Future Food Initiative

The fellowship is a postdoc programme for exceptionally qualified young researchers who propose projects targeting future food issues such as nutrition, production, packaging and digital health. It provides personal research funds for three years, enabling fellows to work on their projects in a research laboratory anywhere in Switzerland with a...


“Inequality also harms the environment”

Interview with CDE researcher Graziano Ceddia.


Swiss Programme for International Research by Scientific Investigation Teams (SPIRIT)

The new SPIRIT programme launched by SNF facilitates knowledge exchange between Swiss researchers and researchers in selected countries that are receiving development assistance. Submission of pre-proposals: all year round


SNF Project Funding

With its project funding scheme, the Swiss National Science Foundation enables researchers employed at a Swiss institution to independently conduct research projects with topics and goals of their own choice. Submission deadline: 1 April 2019


Early Postdoc.Mobility Fellowships

The Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships of SNF are designed for early-career postdocs with Swiss nationality or residence who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. Submission deadline: 1 March 2019


New Cocoa Value Chain Projects

at the first member event of the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa seven new value chain projects have been presented, that aim to promote the sustainability in cocoa origin countries such as Ghana and Ivory Coast through innovative approaches


Call for mobility grants with South Asia and Iran 2019

Mobility grants encourage young talented Swiss researchers to enhance their career by spending time in an academic environment in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Deadline: 31 March 2019


Call: Innovation starting grants

HES-SO, the Leading House for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region - launches this call with the aim to foster collaborations between Swiss researchers, universities in the MENA region and non-academic partners. It is open to all fields and to innovation projects in a broad sense. Deadline for applications: 25 March 2019


Call: Clusters of Cooperation in the Global South

SUDAC promotes the establishment of Clusters of Cooperation in the Global South (CLOCs) with this call. These CLOCs are expected to serve as ‘regional hubs’, connecting research and education partnerships, regionally active COFER, local knowledge platforms and institutions; deadline for submissions: 31 March 2019


What have they found so far?

News by Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture about their initiative to make agricultural extension a part of radio broadcasting in Kenya.


«Nachhaltigkeit gehört in die Legislaturziele»

Report about the 20 years anniversary event of the "Guide for Transboundary Research Partnerships" of KFPE


Mountain communities must be able to pursue their well-being

Interview with CDE researcher Susanne Wymann von Dach about the theme #MountainsMatter of this year's International Mountain Day.


Call: Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Staff Exchange

The RISE scheme offers exchanges of staff members involved in research and innovation to develop sustainable collaborative projects and transfer of knowledge; deadline for submissions: 2 April 2019


Switzerland on track to achieve goals of international cooperation

Press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs about the mid-term report of the Swiss International Cooperation.


WFSC Research Symposium 2018 - Presentations and Posters

This symposium highlighted the research that the ETH World Food System Center Research Programs support as well as other food system relevant research conducted by WFSC members; all presentations and posters are available online.


“It’s time to make trade agreements sustainable”

interview with Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi, expert in sustainable trade relations at CDE, around the question of how the state can promote trade relations that foster sustainable development


International Conference on Organic Agricultural Sciences ICOAS successfully held for the first time in Austria

Press release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).


Wyss Foundation supports the University of Bern

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


Die Schweiz leistet Beitrag zur Integrität des internationalen Biomarkts

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


Nachhaltigkeitsziele sind ohne Nord-Süd-Forschung nicht erreichbar

Press release by the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE)


Substitutes may make matters worse

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


Freihandel mit Mercosur ja, aber nicht um jeden Preis

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


Donation helps develop the next generation of vegetable breeders

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


Rückblick: European Society for Agronomy Congress

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


FiBL researcher Christian Andres honoured with European Science Award

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.


Ein historischer Tag für den Schutz der Rechte von Bäuerinnen und Bauern

Press release of Swissaid about a resolution on peasants' rights that the United Nations Human Rights Council passed last week.


New report finds voluntary sustainability standards on the rise

Media release of FiBL about ‘The State of Sustainable Markets 2018: Statistics and Emerging Trends’ report.


Call: Young Scientists Mobility Grants with MENA Countries

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.


A Syngenta pesticide produced in Switzerland is implicated in deadly poisonings in India

media release by Public Eye about the deadly effects of the pesticide Polo.


Researchers in Bolivia recommend reining in pesticides

spotlight by CDE on its project “Towards Food Sustainability”, where scientists investigated the relationship between soya production and pesticide use in Bolivia


Keeping oranges cool: New studies from PACKCHAIN project

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.


New on Requirements for organic imports for China, Japan and Brazil

News of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) on new offerings on the website


Soil bugs munch on plastics

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.

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