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



Switzerland on track to achieve goals of international cooperation

Press release by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs about the mid-term report of the Swiss International Cooperation.


WFSC Research Symposium 2018 - Presentations and Posters

This symposium highlighted the research that the ETH World Food System Center Research Programs support as well as other food system relevant research conducted by WFSC members; all presentations and posters are available online.


“It’s time to make trade agreements sustainable”

interview with Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi, expert in sustainable trade relations at CDE, around the question of how the state can promote trade relations that foster sustainable development


International Conference on Organic Agricultural Sciences ICOAS successfully held for the first time in Austria

Press release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).


Wyss Foundation supports the University of Bern

media release by the University of Bern about funding by the Wyss Foundation to carry out two regional practically-oriented research projects in Kenya and Peru to develop innovative approaches for the land use and strategies for biodiversity conservation


Die Schweiz leistet Beitrag zur Integrität des internationalen Biomarkts

press release by FiBL about the successful conclusion of a project that allowed to professionalize the Organic Certification Bodies in Albania, Macedonia, India and Ukraine


Nachhaltigkeitsziele sind ohne Nord-Süd-Forschung nicht erreichbar

Press release by the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE)


Substitutes may make matters worse

post in ETH Zukunftsblog by Gabriele Manoli arguing that while palm oil is a highly controversial product, replacing it with other vegetable oils could endanger land and water resources


Freihandel mit Mercosur ja, aber nicht um jeden Preis

press release by Public Eye about the "Mercosur Coalition" that has been formed by Swiss NGOs in order to secure that the current free trade negotiations between Switzerland and the Mercosur countries takes into account sustainability criteria and interests of Swiss farmers and consumers


Donation helps develop the next generation of vegetable breeders

press release by the Syngenta Foundation about its donation to the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) for a second Ph.D. scholarship supporting a doctorate in vegetable breeding


Rückblick: European Society for Agronomy Congress

co-organiser Agroscope provides results of the European Society for Agronomy Congress held from 27 to 30 August 2018 in Geneva: Synthesis (in German), abstracts and pictures


FiBL researcher Christian Andres honoured with European Science Award

Every two years, the Foundation fiat panis honours young academics whose research focuses on solutions to mitigate hunger in food deficit countries with the Josef G. Knoll European Science Award. Christian Andres, scientific researcher at FiBL Switzerland, is one of the three winners in 2018.


Ein historischer Tag für den Schutz der Rechte von Bäuerinnen und Bauern

Press release of Swissaid about a resolution on peasants' rights that the United Nations Human Rights Council passed last week.


New report finds voluntary sustainability standards on the rise

Media release of FiBL about ‘The State of Sustainable Markets 2018: Statistics and Emerging Trends’ report.


Call: Young Scientists Mobility Grants with MENA Countries

This call allows funding of approximately 26 mobility grants for researchers and students to build personal contacts and relationships. The following priority countries have been identified: Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Deadline for application: 31 December 2019.


A Syngenta pesticide produced in Switzerland is implicated in deadly poisonings in India

media release by Public Eye about the deadly effects of the pesticide Polo.


Researchers in Bolivia recommend reining in pesticides

spotlight by CDE on its project “Towards Food Sustainability”, where scientists investigated the relationship between soya production and pesticide use in Bolivia


Keeping oranges cool: New studies from PACKCHAIN project

News of the World Food System Center about two new studies investigating how fresh fruit temperature and quality change during the refrigerated storage and transport in the citrus export pathway from South Africa to Europe.


New on Requirements for organic imports for China, Japan and Brazil

News of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) on new offerings on the website


Soil bugs munch on plastics

Thin mulch films made of polyethylene are used in agriculture in numerous countries, where they cause extensive soil contamination. Researchers at ETH Zurich and Eawag have now identified an alternative: films made of the polymer PBAT biodegrade in soils.


New tool for satellite image preprocessing and composition

CDE researchers have developed a user-friendly online tool that requires only little user input to produce ready-to-use image composites.


r4d programme grows to 57 projects

news by the r4d programme giving an overview of the programme with an updated interactive network map and programme factsheets


Why cows should eat insects

news by ETH World Food System Center about a recent NZZ article that highlights the research project “Insect production from biowastes for animal feeds,” a collaboration of ETH Zurich, Eawag - Sandec, industrial partners, and local processing facilities in developing countries


Diverse shade canopies key to healthy soils: New study from MOCA project

news by ETH World Food System Center about a new study published by the group of Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul showing that diverse shade tree canopies increase nutrient cycling and resilience in coffee agroforestry systems


Organic market and sector development – a decade of successful cooperation between Ukraine and Switzerland

Media release by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL, Switzerland) about the Swiss-Ukrainian project "Organic Market Development in Ukraine", funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

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