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New project on organic sector development in Ukraine


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

FiBL participation at BioFach 2013


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


(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


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


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


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


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


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


“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


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


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


Knowledge exchanged at global gathering read more

Why do we need a new Organic Research Network


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


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


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


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


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


Organic, biodynamic and conventional wheat compared  read more

Apple thinning with potassium bicarbonate


New environmentally friendly method available read more

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

FiBL expands aquaculture research


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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