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Department of International Cooperation

About us

FiBL’s Department of International Cooperation specializes in research and extension in developing and transitional countries to help them to develop organic sector and market. Division members collaborate with thematic FiBL experts in other divisions to meet the specific needs of various private and public organizations.

Our mission

The mission of FiBL’s Department of International Cooperation is to develop and promote sustainable agricultural and marketing systems in developing and transitional countries in order to improve the well-being of poor rural households and to increase overall access to sufficient amounts of good-quality, fairly-priced food.

How we work

We cooperate with companies, non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies in planning, analyzing and implementing interventions to foster sustainable food production and marketing. We work with local partners and, if necessary, help them to build their strategic and operational capacities thus making a real and lasting difference. FiBL also shares its expertise with its partners to develop the technical, analytical, and communication skills of local staff.

With almost 40 years of experience with organic farming and market and sector development worldwide, FiBL’s Department of International Cooperation is a strong, flexible and efficient project partner. Our extensive in-house capacities mean that we can draw on a wide range of thematic expertise. We have our own media and networking channels through which we communicate about our activities and achievements.

Priority work areas

FiBL’s International Division offers expertise in the following three main areas:

  • Tropical Agriculture & Agroforst - Applied research and extension activities to foster environmentally-friendly, quality, agricultural production. Research designed to improve the sustainability of agroforestry systems as compared to conventional cultivation methods, especially for cocoa.
  • Market Development - Raising awareness and developing and supporting sustainable business ideas along value chains.
  • Policy & Sector Development - Functional promotion and improvement of statutory and institutional settings in support of high-grade agricultural production.