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
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.
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.
News about an event carried out by the National Alliance "Semillas de Identidad" that was founded years ago by SWISSAID
Showcase of a new research project of the University of Bern and the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia.
Artikel über globale Zusammenhänge in der Tomatenproduktion und -verarbeitung mit Fokus auf Cofco Tunhe, den weltweit zweitgrössten Hersteller von Tomatenkonserven.
The Sinergia programm of SNSF promotes the interdisciplinary collaboration of two to four research groups that propose breakthrough research; deadline for submissions: 1 June 2020
The Globalstars call invites joint R&D projects within the scope: “Key Enabling Technologies for Healthcare, Agriculture and Water”. Focus: Industry-led R&D projects addressing a societal challenge or need, leading to innovative, affordable and marketable solutions. Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2020
News by the ETH World Food System Center about a new science communication project "Edible research goes storytelling" that will start in June 2020.
the organisers of Tropentag 2020 (9.-11.09.2020 in Prague) call for the submission of abstracts of original research or of proposals for workshops related to the theme "Can agroecological farming feed the world?"; deadline: 3 May 2020
interactive map by Agroscope providing an overview of all of the institutions worldwide with which Agroscope maintains a form of cooperation
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
The Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern is organizing this summer school to offer students a chance to deepen their knowledge of sustainable development and to acqure the competencies needed to act as change agents; deadline for applications 15 May 2020
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
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
Article of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) about a newly developed index that assesses the quality of land deals and points the way towards more sustainable investments.
news by Syngenta Foundation presenting the two recipients of its Ph.D. scholarships to the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement
media release by FiBL about the launch of the statistical yearbook "The World of Organic Agriculture" showing that 2018 was another record year for global organic agriculture
The E4D doctoral scholarships promote doctoral research for the benefit of underprivileged people in low-income countries. It awards two scholarships per year. Deadline for concept note submission: 30 April 2020
news by BFH-HAFL on the foundation of the interdisciplinary "HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute" that will focus on promoting sustainability on smallholdings in developing and emerging countries.
within its synthesis stream on “Dealing with complexity in research for development: Experience capitalization” the r4d programme is looking for an experienced documentarist, application deadline: 13 March 2020
news by ETH Zürich about recent research showing that expanding irrigation has dampened anthropogenic warming during hot days, with particularly strong effects over South Asia
news by Syngenta Foundation about its involvement in Kenya in a partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Syngenta to promote soil health, resource efficiency and habitat protection
press release by Publiceye about the export of the pesticide Profenofos that is banned in Switzerland and that - according to Publiceye - leads to the pollution of drinking water in Brazil
Communiqué by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and its project partners about the potential of African farmers to save carbon emissions.
The new broad-scope, open access journal is welcoming submissions in all fields related to agriculture and bioscience. The journal aims to create an inclusive culture and works collaboratively with authors.
Article about the JUST-FOOD project by CDE.
overview on the outcomes of the World Food System Center Research Symposium held on 31 October at ETH Zurich
press release by the Golden Rice Project about the fact that it has been recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as one of the most influential projects of the past 50 years
‘Everyone brings specific expertise and specialist knowledge from their own field. Combining these leads to new insights. This improves the basis for bee protection.' concludes Lukas Jeker from Agroscope over the recently held international conference on "Hazard of Pesticides to Bees".
conference organised by the international research network bioDISCOVERY, and the University of Zurich Research Priority Programme Global Change and Biodiversity
news by Syngenta Foundation about field testing by Ethopian farmers of the new tef variety "Tesfa" (meaning “Hope”) in the context of their Tef Improvement Project
Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin signed an agreement at the annual meetings of the World Bank. The agreement is used to finance projects that help resource-rich developing countries make better use of their revenues from commodities to promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth.
article by Syngenta Foundation about its activites in Kenya to help farmers increase their soybean production by supporting marketing trials of new varieties
spotlight by CDE on the results of a partnership in the Upper Blue Nile basin that shows how water and land can be used sustainably even in a context of rapid population growth
article by Timothy Swanson, Professor at the Graduate Institute Geneva, arguing that the human capital in developing regions needs to be a crucial part of the solution to the food security problems of the 21st century
The r4d programme launched its new Knowledge for Development platform.
he fourth edition of 'The State of Sustainable Markets' report offers new data on standard-compliant land and agriculture and forestry products.
The Rich Picture Method: A Simple Tool for Reflective Teaching and Learning about Sustainable Food Systems
An article recommended by the World Food System Center
post in Helvetas Blog about the 12-year PAPEA program that supports small agricultural businesses in Burkina Faso along the whole food value chain