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



Agroscope Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Global Seed Vault

press release by Agroscope about its contribution to the global seed vault and its participation at the celebration of the vault's tenth anniversary in Svalbard, Norway


SNSF Project Funding

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) provides project funding to enable researchers to conduct research projects on self-chosen topics and with self-chosen goals under their own responsibility; applicants can not apply for their own salaries. Deadline for application: 1 April 2018


Water – Joint responsibility, joint solutions

Article by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) about Switzerland's engagement in sustainable water management and its participation in the World Water Forum in Brasilia.


Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?

News of the World Food System Center about a Food Matters report on the role of livestock grazing in maintaining food security for parts of the world most vulnerable to climate change.


Switzerland and Afghanistan sign agreement on development cooperation and humanitarian aid

Media release of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


More rice with less water

article by SDC about its Water Productivity Project (WAPRO) that focuses in particular on water productivity in rice and cotton farming and that involves a public-private partnership with the Swiss supermarket chain Coop


Durchbruch in der Palmöl-Frage: Kein Freihandel um jeden Preis

news by Public Eye on the decision by the Swiss Parliament to exclude palm oil from the free trade agreement between Switzerland and Malaysia


Call for applications: Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership

The Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership is a unique European program that trains the next generation of leaders in sustainability research. It provides an intensive training with four seminars in two years.


"Cocoa production is becoming less attractive to the younger generation"

Interview with Lucien Diby who works at the World Agroforestry Centre and contributed to the recent World Food System course in Côte d’Ivoire.


What’s the language of change?

Article by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture about the link between language and agri-culture.


«We must exploit the huge potential for sustainable solutions now»

media release on the conference to launch the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland, where Océane Dayer, Urs Wiesmann and Bertrand Piccard presented their views on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals


“With an eye towards how people access healthy and diverse food”

Interview with Jonna Cohen, Education Manager at the World Food System Center (WFSC), in the frame of the WFSC summer school in Côte d'Ivoire.


Call for young researchers' exchange with China

ETH Zurich as the Swiss Leading House for bilateral S&T cooperation with Asia supports the exchange of young researchers between Switzerland and China. Deadline for applications: 8 April 2018.


Import rules for organic products: Great interest in new internet offer

Media release about the success of the website that was recently launched by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL.


Call for abstracts: Tropentag Conference 2018

The theme of Tropentag 2018 is "Global food security and food safety: the role of universities”. Abstracts of original research on the featured topics are welcome. Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2018.


Soil microbes replace fertiliser

media release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) about the beneficial impact of soil microbes on crop yields and nutrient use effieciency.


“Wonderful opportunity to learn about changes that are happening in our food system”

Michelle Grant - Education Director at the ETH World Food System Center - reporting about the summer school held in different agriculture regions of Côte d’Ivoire with 26 graduate students and young professionals from around the world


Palmöl: Schweizer Politiker treffen indonesische Menschenrechtler

news by LID about a meeting between Swiss politicians and representatives of an Indonesian environmental and human rights organization to discuss social and ecological standards in palm oil production in view of an upcoming free trade agreement between Switzerland and Indonesia


Call: Indo-Swiss Joint Research Programme

Call for joint research projects between researchers in Switzerland and in India with biotechnology as key enabling technology, including the agriculture sector; deadline for submissions: 16 April 2018


Call for mobility grants with South Asia and Iran


The ZHAW mobility grants enable young scientists to integrate in international R&D and help build up new partnerships through personal contacts early on in a scientist’s career. The call is open for activities in all scientific disciplines. Deadline for applications: 31 March 2018


Speaking out against empty promises with hard facts

Thanks to field trials small farmers in Nicaragua could prove that local varieties are more economical and resilient and equally productive as imported seeds of large agricultural enterprises.


Nature Sustainability - new online only journal

Nature Sustainability was launched in January 2018 and will cover studies of sustainability issues, their policy dimensions and possible solutions.


Call for Opportunity Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN Region

The Leading House ETH Zurich opens a call for proposals for opportunity grants supporting activities of Swiss researchers linked to specific events or incidents in the mentioned countries. Applications are accepted on a rolling base until 2020.


Sustainable yam systems in West Africa

post by Delwendé Innocent Kiba in ETH Zukunftsblog about the YAMSYS project that seeks to improve unproductive yam cropping systems in cooperation with local actors working along the yam value chain


Alles Bio - alles besser? Aber ja, natürlich.

proceedings of the Biovision Symposium 2017.


Greedy or needy? Land use and climate impacts of food in 2050 under different livestock futures

media release by World Food System Center about new research investigating whether achieving food security is a question of supply or demand. The study is part of the international consortium Delivering Food Security on Limited Land.


Increasing zinc accumulation by wheat: New study from ZOMM project

media release by World Food System Center about the potential of clover and mustard green manure crops to increase soil zinc uptake by wheat.


Call: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

RISE offers exchanges of staff members involved in research and innovation to develop sustainable collaborative projects and transfer of knowledge in any subject area, deadline for submissions: 21 March 2018


What contribution can organic farming make?

post by Adrian Müller in ETH Zukunftsblog about the question whether organic farming can feed the world


Strategic cooperation between FiBL and the Organic Valley in China

media release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) about their strategic cooperation with "China Organic Valley Support Center" at Xiangyang city.


Share | Network | Connect

proceedings of the World Food System Center Research Symposium 2017.


2nd Call for Consortia for Education and Research

The swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC) aims to support collaboration between the various types of Swiss higher education institutions and their partners in low and middle income countries. In this context SUDAC launches its second call for Consortia for Education and Research. Deadline for submissions: 28 February 2018


Changing Landscapes: What Future for Tropical Forests?

documentation of a symposium that took place on 20 October at the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (BFH-HAFL) in Zollikofen.


Indigenous Communities, Land Use and Tropical Deforestation in Argentina

The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern hosts a new research project that investigates the problem of deforestation in the Argentinean dry Chaco. The project is led by Assistant Professor Graziano Ceddia and funded through the European Research Council Consolidator Grant Scheme.


Syngenta and USAID renew global collaboration to improve food security

media release by Syngenta on the renewal of their Memorandum of Understanding with USAID aiming to promote food security amongst smallholder farmers by cooperating on improving research and development, technology adoption and farmer know-how to boost farm productivity


Banning palm oil blocks good practices

blogpost by Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul, ETH Zurich, about the disadvantages of generally banning palm oil in biofuels


Digitalisierung in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit: mit einer App für Kleinbauern gegen Hunger

press release by Swissaid about a smartphone app that was developed for smallholder farmers together with ETH Zurich.


Fraud prevention through verifying organic farming practices

media release by FiBL about the outcomes of the international conference "Improving Integrity of Organic Supply Chains" held in Ukraine in the frame of a Swiss-Ukraine development cooperation project funded by SECO


The importance of shade for coffee beans

news by ETH World Food System Center about a new publication from WFSC member group of Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul showing that maintaining a diverse native tree shade cover leads to enhanced coffee production and quality


Scaling up through enterprise - the private sector and smallholder development

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international multi-stakeholder conference report of Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA).

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