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

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20.09.2019

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.


13.09.2019

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


13.09.2019

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


06.09.2019

Nominations open for Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership Award

Do you know a leader changing the future of nutrition? Sight and Life is looking for nominations


03.09.2019

Call: Innovation Partnership Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN region

Call for innovation partnership grants will support the establishment of cooperation between Swiss researchers with non-academic innovation agents in China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea and member states of ASEAN.


23.08.2019

Sustainable trade relations for diversified food systems

news by CDE about a new project aiming to show how governments can distinguish between more or less sustainably produced food without violating basic principles of the trade framework


23.08.2019

No sustainability without north-south research

news by the KFPE about the results of its call for project ideas on how research could support the implementation of the SDGs


09.08.2019

Insights into pioneer work: Dynamic Agroforestry with cocoa in Côte d'Ivoire

Post in Food Sytem Stories Blog by ETH Master Students Katja Degonda and Severin Wiens on an innovative 50-ha plantation of a Swiss pioneer in Côte d’Ivoire


09.08.2019

Call: ERC Starting Grants

The grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators who are at the career stage of typically 2-7 years after their PhD. Submission deadline: 16 October 2019


09.08.2019

Call: ERC Synergy Grants

The grants enable teams of two to four Principal Investigators to pool complementary skills, knowledge, and resources in unprecedented ways in order to jointly address ambitious research problems. Submission deadline: 5 November 2019


26.07.2019

AVIS28: a report to outline Switzerland's future foreign policy

Press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on the results of a working group on Switzerland's future foreign policy.


12.07.2019

Scientists confirm first report of egg parasitoid in Africa to fight devastating fall armyworm

news by CABI about a group of scientists, headed by Dr Marc Kenis of the CABI Centre in Switzerland, confirming the first report of an egg parasitoid Telenomus remus in Africa which could prove an important biological weapon in the fight against the devastating fall armyworm


05.07.2019

Turning the tables on farmers’ weather risks

news by Syngenta Foundation about its new partnership with the University of Reading’s Walker Institute to help smallholder farmers cope better with weather challenges


05.07.2019

GFRAS Annual Meeting: Your registration and inputs

The meeting will focus on the Role of RAS in Climate Change & Disaster Risk Management and will take place from 30 September to 4 October 2019 in Jamaica; the deadline for registration and the submission of input proposals is 28 July 2019.


02.07.2019

Call: Contributions for the 20th Organic World Congress

The next Organic World Congress in 2020 (OWC 2020) aims to provide organic and likeminded stakeholders working toward sustainable agriculture, value chains, and consumption with an opportunity to exchange their knowledge, innovations, and experiences. The call for papers is now open, and contributions can be submitted by 30 September 2019.


11.06.2019

Swiss International Cooperation - Annual Report 2018

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) have published the 2018 Annual Report on Switzerland's International Cooperation.


24.05.2019

Prix Schläfli 2019 for CDE researcher Julie Zähringer

CDE researcher Julie Zähringer has won the Prix Schläfli 2019 in Geosciences for her dissertation at the University of Bern on changes in land use around protected areas in Madagascar


24.05.2019

Climate Smart Agroecology & Rural Advisory Services

presentations by Adrian Müller (FiBL), Judith Macchi (HEKS), Sarah Mader (Swissaid) and Frank Eyhorn (Helvetas) held in the context of a webinar organizedy by the Swiss Forum for Rural Advisory Services (SFRAS)


21.05.2019

Discussing policies driving sustainable food systems

News about a recent webinar by Helvetas on “Coherent policies driving sustainable food systems in Switzerland and India”.


07.05.2019

Working in Effective Partnerships to Address Sustainable Development Goals

News about a workshop in Tansania organized by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE).


07.05.2019

“We must combine conservation of nature with benefits to society”

Interview with Andreas Heinimann of the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern about the new report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


03.05.2019

More effective international cooperation: FDFA and EAER launch public consultation

press release by the Swiss Government about the strategic approach for Switzerland’s international cooperation (2021-2024), submitted for optional public consultation by the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department for Economic Affairs, Education and Research (EAER)


03.05.2019

Die Schweiz arbeitet auf 100 Prozent nachhaltigen Kakao hin

article on foodaktuell.ch about the aim of the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa to secure that by 2025 minimum 80% of cocoa products imported into Switzerland stem from sustainable cultivation according to a commonly agreed definition


03.05.2019

New Weather Index Insurance project starts in Indonesia

news by Syngenta Foundation about the launch of another one of its Weather Index Insurance (WII) projects in Dana Pandan, Indonesia under the name "Safe and Sustainable Farming Fund"


30.04.2019

Syngenta and The Nature Conservancy Team Up to Deliver Innovation for Nature

Media release by Syngenta about its collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to promote soil health, resource efficiency and habitat protection in major agricultural regions worldwide.


26.04.2019

The fight against invasive alien species in Eastern Africa has only just begun

article by CDE about its research on the spread of Prosopis juliflora and other invasive alien species in Eastern Africa, their impacts on local livelihoods, and how they might be managed


23.04.2019

Might WTO Law Prevent Climate Change Mitigation Affecting Agricultural Trade?

Guest post by Christian Häberli of the World Trade Institute in the International Economic Law and Policy Blog.


23.04.2019

Organic farming drives sustainable agriculture

post in ETH Zukunftsblog by Dr. Adrian Müller on the role of organic agriculture in sustainable food systems.


16.04.2019

Syngentas Milliardengeschäft mit hochgefährlichen Pestiziden

Press release by Public Eye.


12.04.2019

Organic farming drives sustainability in global agriculture

Media release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and Helvetas about an article published in the scientific journal Nature Sustainability.


12.04.2019

Pesticides - What does Science Say?

Proceedings of a public event organized by the World Food System Center of ETH Zurich.


05.04.2019

Call: Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND

Organisations funding or managing doctoral or postdoctoral fellowship programmes can apply and receive up to 10 million EUR from the European Commission for co-funding new or exisiting programmes. Deadline for applications: 26 September 2019


05.04.2019

New Organic Armenia Agricultural Association established

news by FiBL about its support in the creation and registration of the Organic Armenia Agricultural Association as a non-governmental organisation which aims to develop policies and strengthen the capacity of farmers, producers and processors


02.04.2019

Stories of Tef: A film series

The World Food System Center produced a series of films highlighting ETH Zurich’s research concerning the nutrition, farming practices, and sustainability of Tef, a major food grain of Ethiopia.


29.03.2019

Study: Smallholder farmers in groups with various advantages

media release by FiBL about the significance, opportunities and challenges of group certification of organic producers in low- and middle-income countries


27.03.2019

World Food System Center announces support of new cross-disciplinary food system research projects

news by the ETH World Food System Center about the funding of three research projects through the Center’s competitive Coop Research Program


26.03.2019

Kick-off Workshop on Pesticide Residues in Cuban Soils

news by Agroscope about a workshop in Havana, Cuba in the context of the r4d project, ‘Influence of different pest-management systems in potato production on Pesticide Residues in Cuban Soils (PERECUSO)’ that Agroscope is implementing together with Cuban partners


15.03.2019

Agroecology Criteria Tool - Assess your Project or Policy

Biovision Foundation has recently launched the website “Agroecology Info Pool" that serves as a platform to provide evidence, knowledge and experiences on the impacts and multiple benefits of Agroecology


08.03.2019

The Contribution of Organic Agriculture to the SDGs: Scientific evidence ...

media release by FiBL about a workshop held on 26 February 2019 in Brussels, where FiBL presented results of their research on the performance of organic agriculture in tropical and sub-tropical climate zones


01.03.2019

Towards improved sustainability of palm oil ...

press release by FiBL about its assessment and comparison of different organic and conventional palm oil producers in Africa and South America, madated by COOP and SECO in order to clarify to what extent organically certified palm oil helps ensure better environmental and social impact


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