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FiBL at BioFach 2014


Also at BioFach 2014, the World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, FiBL will have a stand.  read more

Long-term trial in India shows: Organic Cotton is competitive with GM crops


Organic cotton shows lower yields than genetically modified (GM) Bt cotton. Nevertheless, the lower production costs render the production of organic cotton feasible.... read more

Boosting awareness of quality issues for the organic sector in Turkey


Quality assurance in organic farming is developing well in Turkey. A cooperative project involving German authorities and importers has contributed to greater awareness... read more

Sustainable Food Communities of Practice: Conference report


On 16 October, Hanna Stolz and Heidrun Moschitz from the Socio-Economics Department of FiBL organised the conference “Sustainable Food Communities of Practice – Meet and... read more

FiBL staff member wins SFIAR Master Thesis Award 2013


Christian Andres, formerly a student at ETH Zurich and now working at FiBL, has won the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) Master Thesis Award... read more

Pre-announcement of the CORE Organic Plus call


CORE Organic is a European transnational research cooperation project supported by the European Commission. Recently a new call was launched.  read more

Fourth workshop of the European project OrganicDataNetwork in Montpellier


Twenty-eight participants representing the 15 project partners of the OrganicDataNetwork project for better  European organic market information gathered from... read more

Green fingers - Article on TILMAN-ORG in International Innovation


Recently the article "Green fingers" appeared in the magazine International Innovation, informing about the project "Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable... read more

Global analysis shows that organically farmed lands contribute to climate change mitigation


Organically farmed lands emit less nitrous oxide and take up greater amounts of atmospheric methane, thus contributing to climate change mitigation. This is the result... read more

Take "mosaic" approach to agriculture, boost support for small farmers, UNCTAD Report urges


Recently the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013 was launched. At a press conference in the Geneva UN Office, Ulrich Hoffmann of UNCTAD, the United Nation's... read more

Expert Group for Technical Advice in Organic Production: Report on greenhouse production published


The Expert Group for Technical Advice on Organic Production (EGTOP) was set up three years ago in order to provide technical advice to the European Commission. One of... read more

Trademark for regional agri-food products “Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians” launched


On August 25, the new trademark for high quality regional agri-food products “Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians” was officially launched in the Ukrainian village of... read more

FiBL trial takes centre stage at 3rd Bolivian national agroforestry congress


For a good four years, FiBL has coordinated a comparative trial of conventional and organic cocoa production at the foot of the Andes. This trial in tropical Alto Beni... read more

New research project on compost and fish feed production in Ghana


The Swiss National Fund (SNF) has approved a new research project on compost and fish feed production in Ghana. read more

FiBL celebrates its 40th birthday with 4000 guests


The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) celebrated its 40th birthday by hosting an open day on August 25, 2013. Over 4000 visitors – including the President... read more

Open day at FiBL in August


On August 25, 2013 an open day will take place at FiBL in Frick. The day provides the best opportunity to visit FiBL, to discuss and consult with FiBL researchers, to... read more

FiBL turns 40 – reminiscence and outlook


This year marks the 40th anniversary of FiBL, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. In fact, the institute’s history goes back even longer, to 1966, when... read more

Call for papers: 4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS)


Papers for the 4th International Conference on Organic Agriculture Sciences (ICOAS) in Hungary should be submitted by July 1, 2013. read more

Urs Niggli elected as president of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM


At the first council meeting of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), Urs Niggli, director o... read more

Call for papers: International Symposium on Organic Agriculture in the Mediterranean region and products with designation of origin


The international conference on organic agriculture in the Mediterranean will be held from the 2nd to 4th of December in Agadir, Morocco. A further important topic of... read more

First issue of the CO-FREE Newsletter now available


The replacement of copper is a key priority in organic farming. The new EU-funded project “Innovative strategies for copper-free low input and organic farming systems”... read more

Bioforsk and FiBL – Partnership strengthened


Recently the directors of the Organic Food and Farming Division of Bioforsk, the Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research, visited FiBL. Sissel... read more

FiBL partnership with New Zealand


Following a visit to New Zealand by a Swiss delegation in 2009, New Zealand’s Minister of Agriculture David Carter and the former director of the Swiss Federal Office... read more

New project: Coordinating organic plant breeding activities for diversity (COBRA)


A new European-wide project to support the development of plant breeding focused on the needs of organic producers has recently begun.  read more

Multicriteria assessment and communication of effects of organic food systems


On November 25 & 26, 2013, the International Conference "Multicriteria assessment and communication of effects of organic food systems" will take place at Aarhus... read more

Better organic data for Europe: project launches discussion forum on the problems of compiling organic market data


Media release of April 30, 2013 of the OrganicDataNetwork project read more

Recommendations for more harmony between agriculture and landscape


A new publication analyses the problems of contemporary intensively-farmed landscape and describes possible measures to a more harmonious interaction of agriculture and... read more

New platform established to advance research within organic sector


Joint press release of March 5, 2013 of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the... read more

The new FiBL activity report 2012 has arrived


2012 activity report documents on 60 pages the advances made in FiBL's research and consultancy work. Lively texts generously illustrated with photographs give an... read more

Marketing organic products in Africa – New training video presented at BioFach


Switzerland’s Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) presents a new training video entitled “Marketing organic products in Africa – How to become an... read more

New impulses for continued growth: FiBL and IFOAM present latest statistics on organic farming worldwide at BioFach


The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) present latest statistics on organic... read more

Video: Mechanical weed control in vegetable production


This video presents several machines for mechanical weed control in commercial vegetable production such as star cultivator, ridge cultivator, flex tine harrow, torsion... read more

Video on reduced tillage: Farmers' motivations and problems


The TILMAN-ORG consortium presented first results of a survey on organic farmers' motivations and problems related to minimum tillage at the 7th Organic Producers... read more

Science Day at BioFach


The Science Day at BioFach will take place from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, 15 February 2013, Mailand Room, NCC Mitte at NürnbergMesse, Nuremberg. read more

LowInputBreeds Newsletter December 2012


The seventh newsletter of the LowInputBreeds project contains information about about progress in subprojects, and the thematic article in this issue explains breeding... read more