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New project on organic sector development in Ukraine

(18.12.2012) 

FiBL is implementing organic sector development activities in Ukraine.  read more


FiBL participation at BioFach 2013

(06.12.2012) 

Also at BioFach 2013, the World Organic Trade Fair, which takes place annually in Nuremberg, Germany, FiBL will have a stand. During the BioFach Congress, FiBL experts... read more


Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) honours Swiss agricultural scientist Urs Niggli

(16.11.2012) 

(Frick, November 16, 2012) The University of Life Sciences (EMÜ) in Tartu, Estonia, is a leading university in the Baltic region. It trains academics and engineers in... read more


Stanford study: FiBL Austria responds

(12.11.2012) 

The publication of a new meta-analysis by researchers at Stanford University (Smith-Spangler et al. 2012), and particularly the media response to it, has rekindled the... read more


Cherry fruit fly management: Promising alternatives reviewed

(10.11.2012) 

Researchers from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Swiss University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) recently published a review of integrated... read more


OrganicDataNetwork: Second project meeting

(31.10.2012) 

Twenty-eight participants attended the second meeting of the OrganicDataNetwork project on October 4 and 5, 2012 at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture at FiBL... read more


Organic agricultural policy for Saudi Arabia

(24.10.2012) 

In October 2012 the first agricultural policy strategy designed to achieve sustainable organic sector growth within the country was presented in Saudi Arabia. On behalf... read more


New book: Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods

(22.10.2012) 

Recently the book "Organic Agriculture for Sustainable Livelihoods", edited by Niels Halberg, ICROFS, and Adrian Müller, FiBL was published by Routledge.  read more


Organic farming enhances soil carbon

(16.10.2012) 

“Organic agriculture provides environmental benefits through the sequestration of atmospheric carbon in soil organic matter”, says a group of international experts... read more


Organic agriculture in Saudi Arabia: Sector study

(11.10.2012) 

This first organic sector study for Saudi Arabia offers an overview of a young but steadily growing sector. It provides a comprehensive insight by describing the... read more


FiBL Shop has a new look

(08.10.2012) 

After almost a year of development work the new FiBL Shop has now gone online. The FiBL Shop offers FiBL’s publications for order or download. The aim of the relaunch... read more


FiBL contributes to success of Second International Organic Animal Husbandry Conference

(24.09.2012) 

Knowledge exchanged at global gathering read more


Why do we need a new Organic Research Network

(23.09.2012) 

In June 2012, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), announced the IFOAM Global... read more


Otto Stich: political realist and committed visionary

(20.09.2012) 

On 13 September 2012, Otto Stich passed away. He was a member of the Swiss Federal Council for 12 years, following which – from 1997 to 2007 – he was President of the... read more


Invitation for Seminar on Quality Integrity

(10.09.2012) 

The Dutch VBP (Vereniging Biologische Producenten en Handel) and AFI (Anti Fraud Initiative) are inviting for a Seminar on Quality Integrity on Wednesday 3 October in... read more


Turkish exporters exchange with European importers on organic product quality assurance

(10.09.2012) 

The recent Importer-Exporter Platform held in Izmir, Turkey, adopted a quality declaration that stressed the responsibility for quality assurance of organic products... read more


Thailand: Organic farming surges ahead thanks to partnership with FiBL

(03.09.2012) 

After the political turmoil, the development of organic agriculture in Thailand is now gaining momentum: the issue is once again on the agenda of national promotion... read more


DOK trial: Sensory, yield and quality differences by production system

(21.08.2012) 

Organic, biodynamic and conventional wheat compared  read more


Apple thinning with potassium bicarbonate

(20.08.2012) 

New environmentally friendly method available read more


New publication: The Bio-Economy Concept: Public goods and the farmer's perspective need attention

(27.07.2012) 

Through the long and on-going global economic crisis, the European Union (EU) is seeking to restructure its economy to be more stable and competitive. The transition... read more


Organic Market Development in Ukraine

(30.06.2012) 

On June 26, an official launch of the Swiss project “Organic Market Development in Ukraine” took place in Kyiv at the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. Financed by... read more


Rio+20 COMMENTARY: From side event to side event

(19.06.2012) 

In his second blog entry on Rio+20 Urs Niggli reports about the current negotiation text.  read more


Rio+20 COMMENTARY: The impotence of science

(15.06.2012) 

In his blog Urs Niggli reports about the developments at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.  read more


FiBL and IFOAM announce Global Organic Research Network

(14.06.2012) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) announced at the UN Rio+20 Conference the... read more


Research and knowledge transfer between Switzerland and Slovenia

(05.06.2012) 

The Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA) has allocated a fund  to support civil society in Slovenia. Financed by this fund, the Slovenian Institute... read more


Support of organic farming: need for a comprehensive development strategy

(29.05.2012) 

New study on support of organic farming in the European Union published read more


FiBL expands aquaculture research

(21.05.2012) 

Aquaculture – the breeding and production of fish and mussels as well as aquatic snails and plants – has a relatively low status in Switzerland compared to other... read more


Updating the knowledge base on organic food quality and processing

(16.05.2012) 

Research project surveys the current state of knowledge on all aspects of organic food quality and processing, and highlights knowledge gaps. read more


First organic sector study for Albania now published

(10.05.2012) 

Albania’s organic sector is still nascent, but is developing most dynamically. FiBL, working with local partners, has compiled the facts and figures in a study... read more


Successful workshop on e-learning tools for universities in South East Europe

(09.05.2012) 

The first workshop of the SCOPES project "Advancing training and teaching of organic agriculture in South East Europe" took place from 3 to 5 May 2012 at FiBL in Frick,... read more


Gently handling young calves makes tender meat

(26.04.2012) 

Researchers at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland have shown that gentle touching and other early contact with beef calves will... read more


Less concentrate feeding can be done!

(25.04.2012) 

For ethical and environmental reasons organic farmers are already limiting concentrate feeding to a maximum of 10% of ruminant rations. But are concentrate feeds really... read more


Second World Conference on Organic Beekeeping: a week for the bees, the environment, and society

(20.04.2012) 

The Second World Conference on Organic Beekeeping was carried out from March 19 to 25, 2012 in San Cristóbal. Mexico. read more


First Conference of the the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi)

(20.04.2012) 

Over 400 participants attended the first conference of the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) on February 2, 2012. The conference theme was the... read more


FiBL takes Swiss Sustainability Prize

(15.04.2012) 

On 13 April, at the NATUR Gala, the Swiss sustainability festival, the renowned Prix NATURE Swisscanto was awarded. Three individuals or projects that promote... read more


European project OrganicDataNetwork to improve organic market data

(13.04.2012) 

In most European countries, organic agriculture and the organic market have grown constantly for years. Key figures about the development of the organic sector are... read more


Conference on the organic sector development in CEE and Central Asian countries to take place in Turkey in April

(04.04.2012) 

The "4th International conference on the organic sector development in Central/Eastern European and Central Asian countries" is scheduled for April 13-14, 2012 in Izmir.... read more


New study on no-till agriculture and its contribution to climate change mitigation and sustainability

(22.03.2012) 

FiBL authors recently completed a study that examined the state of research on climate impacts of no-till agriculture. The study—“No till agriculture – a climate smart... read more


Organic sector development in Central and Eastern Europe: Video

(21.03.2012) 

Thomas Alföldi of FiBL produced a video of the session "Organic Sector Development in Central and Eastern Europe" at the BioFach Congress 2012. Since many... read more


African Organic Agriculture Training Manual: Knowledge shall help make farmers more fit for business

(16.02.2012) 

Switzerland’s Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) today presents its African Organic Agriculture Training Manual at the event “Unleashing Africa's Organic... read more


Organic agriculture worldwide: Market growing, agricultural land remains steady

(14.02.2012) 

FiBL and IFOAM are presenting the latest data on organic agriculture worldwide at BioFach in Nuremburg. read more


German-Turkish Cooperation Project Organic Agriculture: Presentation at the BioFach Conngress

(09.02.2012) 

On February 16, 2012, the German-Turkish Cooperation Project Organic Agriculture, will be presented from 1 to 2.30 pm in room Singapur at the BioFach Congress in... read more


New report on the climate mitigation potential of organic agriculture

(02.02.2012) 

At the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, stakeholders along the organic food production chain established a Round Table on Organic... read more


Organic imports to Germany

(31.01.2012) 

Germany is not only the largest market for organic products in Europe but also one of its largest organic producers. In spite of this fact, in 2009/2010 Germany... read more


Final Congress of the Carbon Credits for Sustainable Land Use Systems (CaLas) project

(25.01.2012) 

Soil carbon sequestration and nitrous oxide emissions from farmland are two important indicators of the climate impact of agricultural systems. How do organic systems... read more


Comparative analysis of organic and non organic agricultural holdings in Luxembourg

(24.01.2012) 

A Luxembourg study investigated environmental and economic parameters on organic and non-organic agricultural holdings. The result: At present, organic farms do not... read more


Research & development focus on soya bean processing

(13.01.2012) 

The interdisciplinary soya bean research project began its work a year ago. The research team is comprised of scientists, researchers and processing experts who share a... read more


Integrating reduced tillage and green manures in organic cropping - New European research project has started

(04.01.2012) 

Recently the new European project “Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable cropping systems” (TILMAN-ORG) has started. Over three years, eleven European... read more