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FiBL at BioFach 2015


Also at BioFach 2015, the World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, FiBL will have a stand (Hall 1, stand 549). During the BioFach Congress, FiBL experts and... read more

IFOAM and bioC announce partnership agreement to launch global organic certification directory


The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and bioC are entering a partnership to launch a global certification directory. The directory will... read more

FAO-FiBL Workshop - a knowledge exchange forum for greening of food value chains


As the market and its opportunities have an increasing impact; not only on the sustainability of agricultural production practices but also on other activities in the... read more

FiBL at the 18th Organic World Congress


The 18th Organic World Congress (OWC) took place from 13 to 15 October 2014 in Istanbul. The OWC is regularly convened by the International Federation of Organic... read more

FiBL researcher wins SFIAR award


FiBL team member Dr. Gurbir S. Bhullar has received the 2014 research award from the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR). The former ETH Zurich... read more

IFOAM Animal Husbandry Alliance (IAHA) at Organic World Congress in Istanbul


The Animal Husbandry Alliance (IAHA) of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is an informal network of individuals and organizations... read more

Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians at the Salone del Gusto 2014


For the first time ever, the Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians Trademark was presented to a large international audience at the Salone del Gusto – Terra Madre from... read more

Videos about the OrganicDataNetwork project


A number of videos have been produced about the OrganicDataNetwork project. The videos were produced by Thomas Alföldi, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL),... read more

Re-Use the phosphorus! Stakeholder workshop on P-recycling (video)


At a workshop during the 18th Organic World Congress in Istanbul in October 2014, researchers from the Improve-P project discussed recycling of phosphorus (P) in organic... read more

TIPI vision and strategy for organic farming research presented in Istanbul


A workshop of TIPI,  the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, and the 2014 TIPI Member Assembly were... read more

Food wastage costs the world 2.6 trillion dollars each year


What are the costs to society of food wastage and which preventive measures make macro-economic sense? FAO has now unveiled a study produced by FiBL’s scientists which... read more

FiBL’s scientists debate research findings at Tropentag conference


This year’s Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural and Natural Resource Management (Tropentag) was held in Prague last week. The Tropentag is the key venue... read more

Participatory research – an efficient tool to empower farmers and foster innovation


Participatory agricultural research has emerged as an internationally acknowledged method to integrate farmers experience and skills into the innovation process. A... read more

FiBL co-founder Michael Rist has died


On the 17th of August 2014 Michael Rist, a pioneer of the Swiss organic farming scene, died aged 87. read more

Successful final workshop on the promotion of organic farming at universities in South-East Europe


The final workshop of the SCOPES (Scientific co-operation between Eastern Europe and Switzerland) project ‘Promoting university education in organic farming in... read more

New study finds significant differences between organic and non-organic food


In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has proved that organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 60%... read more

New video: A spotlight on the young researchers in the TILMAN-ORG project


Within the TILMAN-ORG project  on reduced tillage systems, four PhD theses and several master theses are being carried out. The TILMAN-ORG project is coordinated by... read more

TIPI workshop "Practitioners’ research agenda" at the Organic World Congress


As a pre-conference of the Organic World Congress 2014 (www.owc2014.org), TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture... read more

Is organic farming the prototype for sustainable agriculture? New book with contributions from FiBL authors recently published


Much debate still arises about the value of organic farming as a model for sustainable agriculture. Rather than questioning whether organic farming performs better or... read more

OrganicDataNetwork presents results


Twenty‐four representatives from 15 project members were present in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, during the recent project meeting of the OrganicDataNetwork project... read more

Promotion of earthworms for soil fertility – new technical guide available


Earthworms play a key role in conserving soil fertility and are excellent indicators in agricultural soils. A new technical guide gives an overview of the multiple... read more

Farming in times of climate change – a FiBL project in search of sustainable systems


The combined effects of climate change, advancing resource scarcity and population growth are placing huge pressure on global food production. Regions such as... read more

SFIAR Award 2014 - Call for Applications


The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural... read more

New project to provide comparative scientific evidence on the economic performance of organic farming in Africa


Organic agriculture is increasingly recognized as a means to improving food security in Africa. However, solid data on the benefits of organic practices in Africa are... read more

Rough Guide to Sustainable Food Systems


Sustainable food systems were the main topic of the EU-project "Foodlinks", which was finished recently. It maintains that urban regions play an important... read more

Wild bees underestimated – A new factsheet summarizes research results relevant to farming practices


Recent studies have shown that wild bees and other wild pollinators have a crucial role to play in the pollination of both wild plants and crop plants. However, over the... read more

EU project SOLINSA finished


After three years spent learning and working on new innovations for sustainable agriculture, the EU Project SOLINSA* (www.solinsa.org) has come to an end. Guided by... read more

New publication: Organic in Europe - Prospects and Developments


This publication provides an overview of developments and future prospects from the perspective of public policy support and market growth. EU agricultural and food... read more

New biogas-handbook for organic farmers


Organic farmers considering investing in biogas production to improve farm income and contribute to the environmental sustainability of their farms now have new tools at... read more

Ukraine – Successful presence at BIOFACH


Ukraine had its first ever organic country pavilion at BIOFACH 2014. Involving nine important Ukrainian companies, the pavilion was organized within the framework of the... read more

FiBL to present many new facts and figures at BIOFACH 2014


From 12 to 14 February 2014, FiBL will present a cross-section of its work in Hall 1 at BIOFACH in Nuremberg, Germany. FiBL will also be present at a number of events at... read more

Growing Organic Agriculture Sector Explores its Future - Global Organic Statistics 2014 and Organic 3.0


Organic 3.0 – the future of organic – is on the agenda at BIOFACH 2014. 1.9 million certified organic farmers in 164 countries on 37.5 million hectares and a global... read more

European organic market continued to grow in 2012


In 2012 the European organic market grew by approximately six percent to a value of almost EUR 23 billion. Consumers in the European Union spent close to EUR 21 billion... read more

Ukraine – New opportunities on fertile grounds


The fertile black soils of Ukraine are famous and provide perfect conditions for organic farming. At upcoming BIOFACH at Nuremberg, we offer you an interesting... read more

Science day at BioFach 2014: Register now


On February 14, 2014, Science Day will be held during BioFach, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany.  read more