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



Climate change and land grabbing: The example of the Mekong region

spotlight by CDE on a research project in the Mekong region that shows how land grabbing and deforestation are linked, and why this matters for global efforts to address climate change


Preserving varieties, promoting biodiversity and improving food security

article by SDC about the results of a project in Uganda, where SDC has supported the development of a seedbank, combined with training of farmers in the production of healthy seeds and in business management and the revision of national seed legislation


Optimum shade for cocoa

news by ETH about results of a field study comparing shaded and unshaded cocoa systems in Ghana in order to find more sustainable agricultural practices in cocoa production


An audible extension to the voices of farming

news by Syngenta Foundation about current activities within their project on radio extension for Kenyan smallholders in minority languages


Switzerland continues participation in International Fund for Agricultural Development

press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs on the decision of the Federal Council to place CHF 40.25 million at the disposal of IFAD for the 2019–21 period for the implementation of its programmes


How to profit from biowaste

News about a project of ETH Zurich and Eawag that develops a method to produce animal feed from biowaste products.


The 2030 Agenda requires coherent policies

Blogpost on the CDE datablog about the positive and negative side effects of different policy measures using the example of food security.


Aufwärts am Hindukusch / Semer la paix au Hindou Kouch

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Article in the magazine of the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) about a research for development project in Afghanistan.


Under the mango tree

World Food System Center (WFSC) Education Director Michelle Grant shares lasting impressions from the WFSC Summer School in Côte d'Ivoire.


"Every country must put the welfare of the whole Earth above all else"

Report about the 1st Swiss-UN Day that took place at the University of Bern on 23 March 2018.


Innovations in rice value chains offer increased job opportunities for rural youth

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA), together with the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) and the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, has launched a new project that will foster youth entrepreneurship, strengthen market ties, and enhance livelihoods in the rice sectors of Mali and Senegal.


Strong growth in crop yields and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions

Media release about Syngenta's Good Growth Plan 2017 results.


Agroforestry can safeguard the future of chocolate

Media release of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) about the potential of diversification in combating the viral disease Cocoa Swollen Shoot (CSSVD).


Agroscope Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Global Seed Vault

press release by Agroscope about its contribution to the global seed vault and its participation at the celebration of the vault's tenth anniversary in Svalbard, Norway


Water – Joint responsibility, joint solutions

Article by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) about Switzerland's engagement in sustainable water management and its participation in the World Water Forum in Brasilia.


Is climate change a risk to global grazing lands?

News of the World Food System Center about a Food Matters report on the role of livestock grazing in maintaining food security for parts of the world most vulnerable to climate change.


Switzerland and Afghanistan sign agreement on development cooperation and humanitarian aid

Media release of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


More rice with less water

article by SDC about its Water Productivity Project (WAPRO) that focuses in particular on water productivity in rice and cotton farming and that involves a public-private partnership with the Swiss supermarket chain Coop


Durchbruch in der Palmöl-Frage: Kein Freihandel um jeden Preis

news by Public Eye on the decision by the Swiss Parliament to exclude palm oil from the free trade agreement between Switzerland and Malaysia


"Cocoa production is becoming less attractive to the younger generation"

Interview with Lucien Diby who works at the World Agroforestry Centre and contributed to the recent World Food System course in Côte d’Ivoire.


What’s the language of change?

Article by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture about the link between language and agri-culture.


«We must exploit the huge potential for sustainable solutions now»

media release on the conference to launch the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Switzerland, where Océane Dayer, Urs Wiesmann and Bertrand Piccard presented their views on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals


“With an eye towards how people access healthy and diverse food”

Interview with Jonna Cohen, Education Manager at the World Food System Center (WFSC), in the frame of the WFSC summer school in Côte d'Ivoire.


Import rules for organic products: Great interest in new internet offer

Media release about the success of the website that was recently launched by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL.


Soil microbes replace fertiliser

media release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) about the beneficial impact of soil microbes on crop yields and nutrient use effieciency.


“Wonderful opportunity to learn about changes that are happening in our food system”

Michelle Grant - Education Director at the ETH World Food System Center - reporting about the summer school held in different agriculture regions of Côte d’Ivoire with 26 graduate students and young professionals from around the world


Palmöl: Schweizer Politiker treffen indonesische Menschenrechtler

news by LID about a meeting between Swiss politicians and representatives of an Indonesian environmental and human rights organization to discuss social and ecological standards in palm oil production in view of an upcoming free trade agreement between Switzerland and Indonesia


Speaking out against empty promises with hard facts

Thanks to field trials small farmers in Nicaragua could prove that local varieties are more economical and resilient and equally productive as imported seeds of large agricultural enterprises.


Nature Sustainability - new online only journal

Nature Sustainability was launched in January 2018 and will cover studies of sustainability issues, their policy dimensions and possible solutions.


Call for Opportunity Grants with China, Japan, South Korea and the ASEAN Region

The Leading House ETH Zurich opens a call for proposals for opportunity grants supporting activities of Swiss researchers linked to specific events or incidents in the mentioned countries. Applications are accepted on a rolling base until 2020.

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