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



Call for Bridging Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the 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: 30 September 2020


Swiss private stakeholder mobilises expertise for IFAD to advance the Sustainable Development Goals

News by SDC. As of 24 June 2020, IFAD's ABC Fund is being managed by the Geneva-based Bamboo Capital Partners, which engages in social impact investing. The fund provides smallholders and small- and medium-sized agribusinesses with capital to grow their operations and increase production.


Partners sign up to take the pain out of rain

Press release by Syngenta Foundation. Bangladesh’s smallholders face huge weather risks. A new international partnership aims to provide suitable insurance. This should greatly increase farmers’ resilience to climate change.


SNSF Project Funding

Under the project funding scheme, qualified researchers define their research themes and objectives themselves and conduct their project under their own responsibility. Submission deadline: 1 October 2020


Swiss partnership helps more Bangladesh farmers benefit from insurance

Press-release. Syngenta Foundation today announced the Surokkha partnership to make weather insurance available to large numbers of smallholders in Bangladesh.


When drought comes on top of the virus…

news by Syngenta Foundation about its "Dana Pandan" program that provides agricultural insurance and facilitates credit for smallholders in Indonesia who are facing drought on top of the COVID-19 impacts


Call for Proposals: Innovative initiatives for food security and nutrition

The Global Programme Food Security of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is launching four calls for proposals for innovative initiatives to contribute to food systems’ improvements and transformative and sustainable impacts on poor people. Deadline for submissions: 28 August 2020.


Bittere Orangen: Wie brasilianische Saisonniers für den Schweizer Agrarhändler LDC schuften

Medienmitteilung von Public Eye über die Missstände auf Orangenplantagen in Brasilien, die auch die Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) beliefern.


Call Early Postdoc.Mobility

the fellowships are designed for early-career postdocs based in Switzerland who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad; deadline for submissions: 1 September 2020


Call: Doc.Mobility fellowships

the fellowships are designed for doctoral students based in Switzerland who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad; deadline for submission: 1 September 2020


Keeping tofu and tempe on Indonesians’ tables

News item of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture about their certified soybean seed initiative in Indonesia.


Second Call for Transformation Accelerating Grants

this call by the r4d programme allows teams of r4d researchers and implementing partners to make use of the knowledge, tools and technologies developed within r4d projects through translation and implementation initiatives; deadline for submissions: 12 October 2020


Nematode-based solution against devastating fall armyworm pest

news by CABI about its effort to find a viable biocontrol solution for the devastating effect of the fall armyworm on maize crops in Rwanda as part of an Integrated Pest Management strategy


Nigeria seeds new hope for vulnerable smallholders

news by Syngenta Foundation about its palliative seed delivery effort in Nigeria, a COVID-19 emergency measure implemented in addition to its program to improve crop breeing for smallholders


TA gives companies a (lion’s) head’s start

News item of Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture about their Seeds for Impact Program competition in Africa.


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

Innovation partnership grants support the establishment of cooperation between Swiss researchers from universities, universities of applied sciences or public research institutes with non-academic innovation agents in the countries mentioned above. Deadline for submission: 30 July 2020.


Special COVID-19 Call for Projects Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN Region

The call awards project funding for research questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It comprises comprises all scientific fields. Deadline for submission: 30 August 2020.


Drawing a picture of the Earth's surface

news by ETH about Jan Dirk Wegner's EcoVision Lab, that uses artificial intelligence to research different aspects of the Earth's surface, providing chocolate producers with a tool to detect where cocoa is being illegally grown


Delivering food security on limited land

news by ETH World Food System Center about the publication of the final report of the consortium project "Delivering food security on limited land" in which the ETH WFSC led the stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange activities


COVID-19: Switzerland's international cooperation response

overview by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC on its activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic


Call: ERC Advanced Grant

ERC Advanced Grants support ground-breaking, ambitious research projects of excellent established Principal Investigators with a recognised track record of research achievements; deadline for submissions: 26 August 2020


Fresh produce, floods and video calls

news by Syngenta Foundation about COVID-19 responses in Bangladesh where its team there also has had to move fast to tackle other challenges ...


Child Labour in Agriculture – Trade Issues

Blog post by Christian Häberli of the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, for the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition by FAO


Potatoes offer new perspectives for pastoralists

news by Syngenta Foundation about its efforts to establish potato production in ecologically suitable pastoral areas in Kenya as part of its Partnership for Seed Technology Transfer in Africa programme


Bringing relief to locked-down farmers

news by Syngenta Foundation about activities of a partner organisation in India to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, for example by getting crops from the fields to farmers' homes, by maintaining links to markets or by guiding villagers to health checkups


Call: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

This call aims at individual researchers who wish to carry out a research project up to two years abroad. Researchers can have any nationality, but must move from one country to another. Deadline: 9 September 2020.


Switzerland supports meteorological project to benefit developing countries

The Swiss Federal Council decided that Switzerland would support a new World Meteorological Organization (WMO) programme intended to improve the production and transmission of meteorological information so that authorities and people can better protect themselves from extreme weather events.


COVID-19 and Food Systems

Special page about the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for food systems in developing countries, published and regularly updated by the SDC Agriculture & Food Security Network


A different look at COVID-19

Article by Simon Winter, Executive Director of Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, about the pandemic in the context of agricultural development and global food security.


Enhancing biodiversity to support sustainable crop production

News about a session on intercropping that was convened by Christian Schöb and Johan Six from ETH Zurich and Rob W. Brooker from The James Hutton Institute at the World Biodiversity Forum 2020 in Davos.


National meeting of seed banks in Nicaragua

News about an event carried out by the National Alliance "Semillas de Identidad" that was founded years ago by SWISSAID


Links between biodiversity and coffee farmer practices in Bolivia

Showcase of a new research project of the University of Bern and the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia.


Tomaten mit bitterem Beigeschmack

Artikel über globale Zusammenhänge in der Tomatenproduktion und -verarbeitung mit Fokus auf Cofco Tunhe, den weltweit zweitgrössten Hersteller von Tomatenkonserven.


Sharing research insights by storytelling

News by the ETH World Food System Center about a new science communication project "Edible research goes storytelling" that will start in June 2020.


Agroscope's International Networking

interactive map by Agroscope providing an overview of all of the institutions worldwide with which Agroscope maintains a form of cooperation


Investments by the super-rich drive deforestation

press release by CDE about a recent publication on investments of wealthy individuals boosting production of plant-based raw materials for human consumption, industrial uses, and animal fodder, which contributes to deforestation especially in the tropics


Federal Council adopts the International Cooperation Strategy 2021–24

press release by the Swiss Foreign Ministry about the Government requesting credits totalling CHF 11.25 billion over four years for the implementation of a strategy that focuses on the creation of decent jobs locally, mitigating climate change and adapting to its effects, reducing the causes of irregular migration and promoting the rule of law


Switzerland helps East African communities fight locust swarms

press release by the Swiss Forgeign Ministry about a donation by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) following an appeal by FAO to help stem the outbreak, mitigate the damage caused by this pest and support the families affected

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