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



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


Call for applications: 2020 Summer School "Food Systems in Transition"

The ETH World Food System Center is organizing a summer school in Rheinau (Switzerland) from 8 to 22 August 2020, for 3rd year Bachelor, Master's or PhD students; deadline for applications: 22 March 2020


Sustainable Development – International Bachelor and Master Summer School

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


Call: SNIS Award 2020

The 2020 SNIS Award aims to reward and recognize the best Ph.D. thesis in the field of International Studies received from a Swiss University. Deadline for submissions: 13 March 2020


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


Making land deals more sustainable: The example of Laos

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.


SDC Call: Research and innovation for sustainable development

SDC is looking for promising research and innovation initiatives, which engage researchers from Switzerland and from the Global South and East and implementation partners from other sectors; deadline for submission of pre-proposals: 5 April 2020


Second Ph.D. scholarship to the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement

news by Syngenta Foundation presenting the two recipients of its Ph.D. scholarships to the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement


Global organic area continues to grow

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


Call: Doc.Mobility Fellowships

Doc.Mobility fellowships are designed for doctoral students of Swiss nationality or resident in Switzerland who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. Deadline for a submissions: 1 March 2020


Call: Engineering for Development (E4D) Doctoral Scholarships

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


BFH-HAFL gets its first institute

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.


Call for Applications: Documentarist for CapEx on complexity in research for development

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


Irrigation alleviates hot extremes

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


Striving for soil that's a cut above the rest

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


In der Schweiz verbotenes Syngenta-Pestizid verschmutzt brasilianisches Trinkwasser

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


Taking a new look at climate-smart finance

Communiqué by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and its project partners about the potential of African farmers to save carbon emissions.


Call: Early Postdoc.Mobility

Early Postdoc.Mobility fellowships are designed for early-career postdocs who wish to enhance their scientific profile by working at a research institution abroad. Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2020


New CABI Agriculture and Bioscience journal open for applications

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.


Call for proposals: Future Food Fellowships

Future Food provides opportunities to educate and train new talent around the food value chain by leveraging the complementary strengths of the Swiss academic and industrial research communities. The aim is to award up to ten fellowships each year. Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2020.


Tackling inequalities on the way to sustainable food systems – JUST-FOOD

Article about the JUST-FOOD project by CDE.


Finding shared solutions to the world’s urgent challenges

overview on the outcomes of the World Food System Center Research Symposium held on 31 October at ETH Zurich


Golden Rice Named Among Most Influential Projects of the Last 50 Years

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


International research cooperation helps to protect bees more effectively

‘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".


World Biodiversity Forum

conference organised by the international research network bioDISCOVERY, and the University of Zurich Research Priority Programme Global Change and Biodiversity


Plenty of hope – and so far, it seems justified

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


SECO strengthens reforms in the commodities sector

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.


Every trial helps give farmers a better choice

article by Syngenta Foundation about its activites in Kenya to help farmers increase their soybean production by supporting marketing trials of new varieties


Research partnership Switzerland-Ethiopia brings knowledge to the field

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


Food Security and Land Use in the 21st Century: The Return of Malthus?

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


Knowledge for development platform is launched

The r4d programme launched its new Knowledge for Development platform.


New report finds continued growth for sustainability standards

he fourth edition of 'The State of Sustainable Markets' report offers new data on standard-compliant land and agriculture and forestry products.


Small farmers build a strategy for their future

post in Helvetas Blog about the 12-year PAPEA program that supports small agricultural businesses in Burkina Faso along the whole food value chain


Successful Cooperation with Cuba

news by Agroscope about its successfull collaboration with the National Center for Animal and Plant Health in Cuba (CENSA) in the area of organic pollutants in soils


The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019

The 2019 GSDR, entitled “The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development,” was unveiled at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, 11 September 2019. Drafted by an independent group of 15 scientists co-chaired by CDE Director Peter Messerli


Developing countries lead world on climate ambition

UN report - Since the Paris Agreement in 2015 184 nations have submitted their first Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reduce green house gases. According to the report at least 112 countries, including many of those most vulnerable to climate change and least responsible for its causes, aim to update the current NDCs by 2020.


Switzerland makes renewed contribution to CGIAR

press release by the Swiss Government on its decision to support the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) with CHF 33.1 million for the years 2020-2021 as part of its efforts to find innovative solutions for high-quality food and sustainable natural resource management


Advanced breeding paves the way for disease-resistant beans

news by ETH about the research of the group led by Bruno Studer, Professor of Molecular Plant Breeding, who is involved in the development and implementation of a method to efficiently breed for disease-resistant beans in different regions of the world

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