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



Potatoes offer new perspectives for pastoralists

news by Syngenta Foundation about its efforts to establish potato production in ecologically suitable pastoral areas in Kenya as part of its Partnership for Seed Technology Transfer in Africa programme


Bringing relief to locked-down farmers

news by Syngenta Foundation about activities of a partner organisation in India to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, for example by getting crops from the fields to farmers' homes, by maintaining links to markets or by guiding villagers to health checkups


Switzerland supports meteorological project to benefit developing countries

The Swiss Federal Council decided that Switzerland would support a new World Meteorological Organization (WMO) programme intended to improve the production and transmission of meteorological information so that authorities and people can better protect themselves from extreme weather events.


COVID-19 and Food Systems

Special page about the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for food systems in developing countries, published and regularly updated by the SDC Agriculture & Food Security Network


A different look at COVID-19

Article by Simon Winter, Executive Director of Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, about the pandemic in the context of agricultural development and global food security.


Enhancing biodiversity to support sustainable crop production

News about a session on intercropping that was convened by Christian Schöb and Johan Six from ETH Zurich and Rob W. Brooker from The James Hutton Institute at the World Biodiversity Forum 2020 in Davos.


National meeting of seed banks in Nicaragua

News about an event carried out by the National Alliance "Semillas de Identidad" that was founded years ago by SWISSAID


Links between biodiversity and coffee farmer practices in Bolivia

Showcase of a new research project of the University of Bern and the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia.


Tomaten mit bitterem Beigeschmack

Artikel über globale Zusammenhänge in der Tomatenproduktion und -verarbeitung mit Fokus auf Cofco Tunhe, den weltweit zweitgrössten Hersteller von Tomatenkonserven.


Sharing research insights by storytelling

News by the ETH World Food System Center about a new science communication project "Edible research goes storytelling" that will start in June 2020.


Agroscope's International Networking

interactive map by Agroscope providing an overview of all of the institutions worldwide with which Agroscope maintains a form of cooperation


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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

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