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



Call: Marie Sklodowska-Curie NIGHT

This Horizon 2020 call supports outreach activities within the framework of the Eurpean Researchers' Night, aiming to enhance researchers' public recognition and to stimulate interest in research careers


Tech4Dev 2018: Second Call for Papers

the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development invites authors from research, industry, policy or civil society to submit their extended abstracts for the International Tech4Dev Conference (27.06.18 to 29.06.18, Lausanne, Switzerland), deadline for submissions: 5 January 2018


What contribution can organic farming make?

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


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

Bridging grants build on existing collaboration projects between Swiss researchers (all disciplines) and scientists from research institutes or universities from the partner countries. Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2017


SNIS call for project proposals 2018

The Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) offers project grants for pluri-disciplinary research teams. The project grants run for two years and range from 100’000 to 300’000 Swiss Francs. Deadline for submissions: 11 January 2018.


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


Call: ERC Consolidator Grants 2018

ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team. Applications can be made in any field of research. Deadline: 15 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).


25 Jahre Fairtrade Max Havelaar: Wandel im Handel

review of the Fairtrade Max Havelaar partner conference in the form of a video and photo protocols.


Joining the debate on global food security

press release by the World Food System Center about the first of the Global Challenges Debates Series at Queen's University Belfast.


Continuing a forty-year partnership: CGIAR and Switzerland

Press release by CGIAR about three panel sessions with leading agricultural researchers and scientists from 10 CGIAR Research Programs (CRP) and Swiss institutions during the International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD).


Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars 2018/19

Each year the Swiss Confederation awards Government Excellence Scholarships to promote international exchange and research cooperation between Switzerland and over 180 other countries. The deadline for submissions varies between countries.


Plattform Agenda 2030

Around 40 Swiss organizations have founded the "Plattform Agenda 2030" which aims to make sustainabilty the guiding principle of all governmental decisions.


Tropentag 2017 - student reporter blog

Student reporters are providing regular updates about the conference on their blog. The conference runs under the title "Future Agriculture - Social-ecological transitions and bio-cultural shifts" and is held in Bonn, Germany.


"The world of science needs to participate more strongly in the political dialogue"

article in uniaktuell about the main results of the International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) hosted at the University of Bern from 5 to 8 September 2017


Planungstool berät Bauern

article in "Schweizer Bauer" about a software developed by ZHAW that can support farmers in the decision what to grow on their land


Call: International Geneva Award 2017

The International Geneva Award has been established to distinguish three academic articles in the area of international studies. Entrants must be professors or post-doctoral researchers working in a Swiss university. Deadline for submissions: 21 September 2017


Conference on approaches to the SDGs in international cooperation

press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) about the International Conference on Research for Development (ICRD) that took place at the University of Bern on 5-8 September 2017.


Weltweit für Bildung im Einsatz

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article in infoHAFL about practice-oriented vocational education in developing countries


Ausschluss von Palmöl aus Freihandelsabkommen gefordert

news by LID about an initiative by members of the parliament of the canton of Bern to exclude palm oil from a planned free trade agreement with Malaysia


Livestream - International Conference on Research for Development

All keynote speeches of ICRD 2017 can be viewed online.


Interview with Simon Winter, new director of Syngenta Foundation

From September, Simon Winter succeeds Marco Ferroni as new Executive Director of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Development. In an interview he talks about farming, his recent past, thoughts for the future and some personal insights.


Satellite technology protects smallholder farmers against crop losses

article by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) about the innovative RIICE (Remote Sensing-Based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging Economies) project.


Multi-nutrient rice against malnutrition

news by ETH World Food System about the first multi-nutrient rice variety developed by ETH researchers.


“Indian agriculture faces 101 problems. But I‘m confident for the future.“

interview by Syngenta Foundation with Indian Professor Ashok Gulati about his country’s agricultural development, and how it should best tackle the future


Building resilience in the tef value chain in Ethiopia

news by ETH World Food System Center about an Ethiopian stakeholder workshop organized as part of the Center's project "Assessing and Enhancing the Resilience of the Tef and Cocoa Value Chains"


WFS Summer School a success in Stellenbosch, South Africa

short article by ETH World Food System Center about its summer school held from 25 June to 8 July 2017 in Stellenbosch, South Africa around the question: "How do we make change happen in the food system? "


Insect production from biowastes for animal feeds - Project kick-off

news by ETH World Food System Center about a the start of a new research project that will focus on the use of black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) to convert organic waste into a component for animal feed production


Switzerland and Ghana launch 2017–2020 cooperation strategy

Ghana is Switzerland’s main trading partner in Africa. During an offical visit by President Doris Leuthard a cooperation strategy for 2017 to 2020 was launched and a declaration of intent to launch the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa signed.


Call for Proposals for Conferences 2019

The Congressi Stefano Franscini, conference platform of the ETH Zurich, gives researchers at Swiss research institutions the possibility and financial support to organize research conferences and Workshops at Monte Verità, a hilltop over Ascona and Lake Maggiore. Deadline for applications: 15 January 2018


Ensuring the future of crop plants in the permafrost

article by SDC and interview with Simon Zbinden - co-head of the SDC’s Global Programme Food Security Division - about the Global Seed Vault on Spitsbergen where up to 4.5 million seed samples can be stored

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