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



Why We Need Sustainable Food Systems in a Post-COVID-19 World

An article by Helvetas experts on the global need for sustainable food systems.


Hope, blessings and a semi-arid reminder

news by Syngenta Foundation about its partnership to raise productivity of the Ethiopian cereal tef that now has three new varieties in farmers’ fields


SNIS Call for Projects 2021

The Call offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary teams working on international studies in social sciences or combining natural and social sciences; deadline for pre-proposals: 21 January 2021


SNSF Scientific Image Competition

This image competition encourages researchers working in Switzerland to present their works to the public and the media; deadline for submissions: 31 January 2021


Call: SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships

The fellowships are aimed at highly qualified researchers who aspire to a permanent professorship. Eccellenza supports them in achieving their goal by allowing them to lead a generously funded research project as an assistant professor with their team at a Swiss higher education institution. Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2021


Tanzania: Organic farming becoming professionalized

news by Biovision about the successful expansion of the organic sector in Tanzania, including the establishment of a national umbrella organization and a farmer training center for agroecology


Governments can curb over-fertilisation

news article by ETH about the fact that many countries could be using less nitrogen fertiliser in their agriculture without compromising their crop yields, while in sub-Saharan Africa, for example, farmers underuse nitrogen fertiliser


“The younger generation has realized: for us to have a future, things must change now”

interview with Biovision CEO Frank Eyhorn on the role Biovision can play in transforming food systems – and where he sees reason for hope


Call: Vietnamese-Swiss Joint Research Programme

the Swiss National Science Foundation is launching a call together with the National Foundation for Science & Technology Development in Vietnam for Joint Research Projects in all disciplines; deadline for submissions: 15.01.2021


Improving the crop Nigeria calls ‘farmer’s meat’

news by Syngenta Foundation about a cowpea Field Day it organized to bring together Nigerian farmers and other stakeholders enabling them to see new varieties emerging from the AVISA program (Accelerated Varietal Improvement and Seed Delivery of Legumes and Cereals in Africa)


Vietnamese-Swiss Joint Research Programme

The SNSF is launching a call for Joint Research Projects (JRPs) together with the National Foundation for Science & Technology Development in Vietnam. The JRPs will enable researchers in Switzerland to carry out joint projects in any research area with research partners in Vietnam. Submission deadline: 15.01.2020


Steigende Kinderarbeit: Neue Studie zeigt leere Versprechen der Kakaokonzerne

press release by Public Eye about a new report that shows that the international chocolate industry has not succeeded in eliminating child labor in West African cocoa cultivation in the last 20 years


Call for papers: Pastoralism and Rangelands in Mountains

The international journal "Mountain Research and Development" invites empirical and conceptual papers on a wide range of subjects and scales related to pastoralism and rangelands in mountains and high-elevation landscapes. Deadline for submission of full papers: 15 February 2021



These SNF fellowships are aimed at researchers who have done a doctorate and who wish to pursue an academic career in Switzerland. A research stay abroad enables such researchers to acquire more in-depth knowledge, increases their scientific independence and enhances their research profile. Deadline for applications: 1 February 2021


BFH-HAFL students take part in the largest conference on tropical agriculture in central Europe

An article from BFH-HAFL with summary and video recordings of student presentations of research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, natural resource management and rural development at Tropentag


Ten years after the IAASTD report – still business as usual?

A news article from Biovision provides a review for a new book "Transformation of our food systems – the making of a paradigm shift", edited by Biovision and the Foundation of Future Farming.


FiBL signs new Partnership Agreement with the regional brand ‘Taste of Ukrainian Carpathians’

An article from FiBL announces a recently-signed agreement with a Ukrainian Public Union of small and medium-sized producers


Creating ‘berry’ good prospects for poorer smallholders

An article from the Syngenta Foundation on how goji growers in Gansu, China benefit from a Foundation initiative


The desire for change is growing

An interview with Martin Herren, Biovision project manager, focused on a forum to bring political and agricultural players together in Kenya


SDC Food Systems Dialogues to contribute to UN Summit 2021

news by the SDC A&FS Network abouts its plan to organize a online series of Food Systems Dialogues with a view to contribute to the important United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021


Call: Sinergia – interdisciplinary, collaborative and breakthrough

The Sinergia prize is awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation for interdisciplinary collaboration of two to four research groups that propose breakthrough research; deadline for submissions: 01 December 2020


Kiwi training leads much-needed youth into farming

An article from the Syngenta Foundation explores and agricultural training program for the next generation of farmers in China.


CDE researcher awarded a European Research Council grant

An article from CDE describes the project that focuses on the cocoa and coffee sectors of Peru and Switzerland and seeks to develop a “compass” to help organize value chains in line with the principles of environmental justice.


Working together for humans and animals

news by Biovision about a project with cattle herders in Ethiopia that employs a “One Health” approach and modern technologies to fight against diseases and drought


Milestone in scientific cooperation between Switzerland and South Africa

press release by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation about the signing of a Lead Agency Agreement between the Swiss National Science Foundation and the South African National Research Foundation facilitating cooperation between researchers of the two countries


Long-term farming systems research across the globe: New book released

Media release from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) on the recently-released publication that sheds light on long-term farming systems research across the globe, including the 2019 SFIAR award-winning project on SysCom trials in the tropics.


Building Africa’s community of breeding excellence

A news article from the Syngenta Foundation about their work with leading African universities and breeding professionals who train future plant scientists in ‘demand-led’ breeding.


Sustainable plant protection transition: a global health approach – SPRINT

A research article from the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) on their role in an EU-funded research project to develop an integrated approach to assessing the impacts of pesticide mixtures on health, and to identify pathways for transitioning to alternative farming practices.


Global interests collide in Madagascar

A storymap by the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) researchers showing just how strongly the global competition over land and resources impacts local development in Madagascar.


Helping to breed better beans

An article from ETH Zurich and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) shows that genomic prediction is a powerful tool for selection of new bean varieties in breeding programs.


More important than ever – but also more challenged

The latest report from the Syngenta Foundation shows that COVID-19 pandemic has made radio information more valuable than ever for farmers in Kenya.


Agrinatura’s position on the future of global food systems in relation the EC’s Farm to Fork Strategy

Article highlighting five key recommendations that summarize Agrinatura's priorities in fulfilling the global dimensions of the F2F Strategy.


Call: Shift Prize for Transformative Agroecological Research for Development

the prize is awarded by Biovision and Agropolis Foundation for collaborative research for development projects and initiatives, which have made an exemplary contribution to the agroecological transformation of food systems; deadline for submissions: 11 January 2021


Call: Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security

the prize is awarded by Olam International and Agropolis Foundation to recognise an outstanding innovation for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility and adequacy of food, deadline for submissions: 11 January 2021


Call: Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food

the price awarded by Agropolis Foundation to individuals whose work is contributing towards agroecological transition, in particular, through efforts in the areas of climate change adaptation/mitigation, agrobiodiversity or responsible production/consumption; deadline for submissions: 11 January 2021


Successful family business in Farmers hub ways

article by Syngenta Foundation about the Kenyan farmer Margaret Gicheha and her family who has successfully built up a farmers hub business, providing local farmers with farming inputs


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.


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

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