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SFIAR Award 2016

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) presented this year's award on 15...


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First sociological study of the emerging organic sector in the post-socialist country of Bulgaria

A book summarises the main findings of a Swiss-Bulgarian research project, coordinated by the...


Film: Stubble cultivation to control root-weed in organic agriculture

In organic agriculture, minimal tillage is more challenging than conventional farming using...


Video: Parasite control for organic ruminants

Gastrointestinal parasitism is a major challenge to the health and welfare of organic livestock....


Close-up of several large maize plants on a field with red soil and an irrigation hose. A sign in the ground displays the following details: "Treatment: Organic High; Crop: Maize (H513); Inputs: 96KG N/ha, 55Kg P/ha; Planting date: 12/4/2016."
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Organic farming in sub-Saharan Africa is productive, economically viable and resource-conserving

A long-term study in Kenya shows that maize yields and nutrient uptake in the organic farming...


Awarded master thesis provides important insights on organic and conventional farming in a semi-arid environment

The Fiat Panis Foundation awarded the Hans H. Ruthenberg Award 2016 to a student from the Research...


First SME ORGANICS field visit to the canton of Aargau

On 8 and 9 September, the SME ORGANICS project organised the first interregional field visit in the...


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New fact sheet assessing the use of chars, ashes and slags as alternative phosphorus fertilizers in organic farming

Partners of the CORE Organic II funded IMPROVE-P project compiled information on the potentials and...


Dinner talk between FiBL director Urs Niggli and the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland Wenbing Geng

During his visit at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in June this year, the...


International organic market shows a stable growth

A rise significantly above 80 billion US-dollar in worldwide sales: according to the current...


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Microorganisms, mixed crops and recycled fertilizer may help date palm cultivation

Date palm is an important crop in Morocco, Tunisia and many other dryland ecosystems. The prevailing...


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Video: New video on the spade test

Soils are the most valuable resource for crop production, but they receive very little attention...


New platform for farmers to find organic solutions and exchange knowledge launched

A new platform - OK-Net Arable - aimed at filling the gap in the exchange of information between...


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Why cows have horns. A new basic guide sheds light on the issue

Organic farmers aim to minimise their interventions on animals. However, today at least three out of...


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New advisory tool on animal-friendly pig husbandry in Africa

With support of the Swiss Sahee Foundation and local advisors, FiBL produced a technical guide for...


Video: The Science behind the Organic Movement

The keynote speech at the Organic Science Conference in Canada was held by Urs Niggli, director of...


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Geographical indication training in Colombia

From 13 to 17 June 2016, 25 actors from the social, private and public sector met in Paipa,...


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FiBL scientists report the major bottlenecks of organic cotton production in India

FiBL scientists have released a report identifying "Major bottlenecks of cotton production in Nimar...


Wenbing Geng, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China and Director of FiBL, Prof. Urs Niggli
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FiBL intensifies cooperation with China – Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland visits FiBL

On 23 June 2016, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland visited the...


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Organic equals conventional agriculture in the tropics

A long-term study by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Kenya has shown...


Alfred Schädeli with a piece of fresh cheese surrounded by people.
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Open Day at FiBL – Finding intelligent solutions for organic farming

On 26 June 2016, around 5000 people were invited to gain an insight into the work of the Research...


First Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum held successfully at BIOFACH China 2016

Almost 130 participants, speakers from around the world and a regional group of TIPI in China...


Improving the phosphorus supply in organic farming: IMPROVE-P

How can the management of phosphorus (P) in organic farming be improved? Phosphorus (P) is essential...


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New technical guide to prevent contamination of organic crops by tropane alkaloids

In some regions, contamination of organic crops with weeds containing tropane alkaloids such as...


Meeting of INRA, ITAB and FiBL

The National Institute for Agromonic Research (INRA) (France), the Technical Institute for Organic...


TIPI Science Day at BIOFACH China

From 26 to 28 May, BIOFACH CHINA will celebrate its anniversary at the Shanghai World Expo...


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Organic in Europe. Prospects and Developments 2016

Demand for organic food in Europe saw another record year of growth in 2014; however, organic...


FiBL study on locally produced food in Freiburg

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Frick conducted a study on the consumption of...


Milestones in the history of FiBL

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL was founded in Switzerland over 40 years ago....


Call for Papers for the 19th Organic World Congress

The 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM - Organics International, which is taking place from 9 - 11...


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Revised fact sheet on the importance of wild bees

Wild bees and other insects have a crucial role to play in the pollination of both wild plants and...


SFIAR is calling for applications for this year’s award

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates...


A woman holding a microphone in the stables next to a cow.

Video: Improving health and welfare of organic dairy cows

The aim of the OrganicDairyHealth project is to improve health and welfare in organic dairy cows. In...


CGIAR features FiBL cotton research in state of the art publication on innovation platforms

Creating impact: that is what agricultural research for development is designed for. The...


Cover: Assessment of Alternative Phosphorus Fertilizers for Organic Farming: Meat and Bone Meal

New fact sheets assessing the use of meat and bone meal and urban organic wastes as alternative phosphorus fertilizers in organic farming

Partners of the CORE Organic II funded IMPROVE-P project compiled information on the potentials and...


Video: Opportunities and challenges when trading with Turkey

Turkey has very favourable production conditions for different organic crops. Due to its proximity...


The Ukrainian Pavilion at Biofach.

Ukraine at BIOFACH 2016: A successful exhibition

Eleven Ukrainian companies participated as exhibitors at the BIOFACH Fair 2016 in Nuremberg,...


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Clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat

A team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has shown that both organic milk and meat contain...


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17th edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture" presented at BIOFACH

Organic agriculture is practiced in 172 countries, and 43.7 million hectares of agricultural land...


Members of FiBL and Skal at BiOFACH.
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Cooperation for Dutch list of inputs

FiBL and Skal sign cooperation agreement for assessment of inputs for Dutch organic farming.


Gurbir S. Bhullar and Christian Andres in the auditorium.

FiBL researchers publish perspective article on Sustainable Intensification of Tropical Agro-Ecosystems

Sustainable intensification of tropical agriculture is crucial, but how to achieve it is a matter of...


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Growth continues: 43.7 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide

The latest global data on organic farming will be presented by the Research Institute of Organic...


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European organic market continued to grow in 2014

In 2014, the European organic market grew by approximately 7.6 percent to a value of more than 26...


FiBL's stand at Biofach.
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FiBL at BIOFACH 2016 – Numbers, soy and Science Day

Another strong presence of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at BIOFACH in...


Turkey Organic – A special forum at BIOFACH to reflect on "organic" opportunities and challenges when trading with Turkey

Turkey provides highly favorable production conditions for growing different organic crops. Due to...


Members of FiBL, HAFL and SFS are gathered around a table, two people are sitting at the table and signing a contract.
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Strategic partnership for customized sustainability assessments in the food sector

Tailored sustainability solutions from a single source - a new offer for customers in the...