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New study confirms: Global animal production becoming more sustainable by using less concentrate feed

(16.12.2015) 

According to a new study led by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL on behalf of the Food and Agriculture Organization FAO, reducing the proportion of... read more


Dossier on plant breeding techniques re-edited

(04.12.2015) 

FiBL revised and expanded its dossier on plant breeding techniques in English due to the financial support of the European Consortium for Organic Plant Breeding (ECO-PB,... read more


First meeting of National Organic Research Forum at FiBL: Combining research and practice

(30.11.2015) 

The purpose of the National Organic Research Forum (NBFF) is to recognise practical research needs and key research areas of organic agriculture. Experts from Swiss... read more


FiBL part of National Centre for Climate Services established by the federal government

(16.11.2015) 

How can we draw on existing knowledge about the climate as part of the decision-making process? The Swiss National Centre for Climate Services NCCS helps government... read more


SFIAR Award Ceremony 2015

(11.11.2015) 

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) will present their award on 25 November. The public event is hosted by the University of Bern.  read more


FiBL and Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre sign contract

(06.11.2015) 

Over the next four years, experts in organic agriculture will visit the UAE in order to establish a centre for organic agriculture in cooperation with local... read more


Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and European ministers of agriculture visit the FiBL in Frick

(05.11.2015) 

How can agricultural soil be sustained and even improved? A tour through the department of soil sciences at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Frick... read more


The 3rd African Organic Conference held in Lagos consolidates the progress made on transforming the continental food and agriculture systems

(22.10.2015) 

A vibrant, fast-evolving, ecological and organic movement from Sub-Saharan Africa met with its partners and stakeholders in Lagos, Nigeria, for the third time since... read more


Compliance to voluntary sustainability standards has grown steadily worldwide

(19.10.2015) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) presented the first results of its survey on Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) at the second Trade for... read more


Organic beekeeping enjoys international backing

(15.10.2015) 

The importance of honeybees to agriculture and thus to human survival is well known. Nevertheless, the honeybee as a species is in danger of extinction but we still have... read more


Feeding the people: Agroecology for nourishing the world and transforming the agri-food system

(08.10.2015) 

On 29th September 2015 the Action Network: Organic Can Feed The Planet published a manifesto and released a declaration, affirming organic as the food and farming system... read more


Anti-Fraud-Initiative: Fighting food fraud in Ukraine

(29.09.2015) 

The Anti-Fraud Initiative (AFI) - the international network to prevent fraud on the organic marketplace — held its 10th workshop "Improving Integrity of Organic Arable... read more


Arguments for organic farming – FiBL provides background info in German and French

(29.09.2015) 

Organic farming offers a multitude of benefits. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has compiled these benefits in its publication entitled "100... read more


Food production requirements of cities – Zurich in comparison with Rennes, Strasbourg and Basel

(23.09.2015) 

As part of the "Zurich isst" month of events, the Research Institute for Organic Agriculture (FiBL) organised a talk on "How big an area do Zurich and... read more


FiBL raises awareness on soil management by taking part in World Sustainability Forum Basel 2015

(01.09.2015) 

From 7 to 9 September, Basel is hosting the World Sustainability Forum for the fifth time. Renowned international experts will speak about progress and recent... read more


New printed farm handbook for organic pig producers

(24.08.2015) 

„Improving health and welfare of pigs“ is a new practical handbook for organic pig producers. The handbook summarizes the expertise of farmers, consultants, scientists... read more


FiBL comments on methodological flaws in a study that criticizes the climate change mitigation potential of Organic Farming

(21.08.2015) 

The study by Julius McGee was published in the journal Agriculture and Human Values in June 2015. read more


FiBL and Agroscope forming partnership to empower organic research

(13.08.2015) 

The secret to a successful organic agriculture is to combine knowledge from both research and practice. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and... read more


FiBL wins Expo Milano award

(11.08.2015) 

FiBL, with its partners from West Africa, received the award as one of 18 winners of the international call for "Best Sustainable Development Practices on Food Security”... read more


FiBL sets the table at Expo Milano

(04.08.2015) 

Under the title of "Spirito di Basilea – Dinner is served!", FiBL and the city of Basel open their exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion during the Expo Milano. The focus is... read more


EU project with FiBL involvement presented at the Expo Milano 2015

(27.07.2015) 

The project CO-FREE (which stands for "Innovative strategies for copper-free low input and organic farming Systems") was presented at the EU-Pavilion during the Expo... read more


LowInputBreeds project improves breeding strategies

(08.07.2015) 

The LowInputBreeds project integrated breeding and management to improve animal health, product quality, and performance in organic and low input milk, meat, and eggs.... read more


Andreas Gattinger earned his habilitation at the Justus Liebig University Giessen

(15.07.2015) 

FiBL researcher Andreas Gattinger recently earned his habilitation at Faculty 09 of the Justus Liebig University Giessen with a thesis on carbon fluxes in soil... read more


Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting ABIM in October 2015

(29.06.2015) 

The 10th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting ABIM will be held at the Congress Center Basel, Switzerland 19-21 October 2015. The prime international meeting of the... read more


Anti-Fraud Workshop: "Improving Integrity of Organic Production in Ukraine"

(23.06.2015) 

The Anti-Fraud Initiative (AFI), the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and the European Organic Certifiers Council (EOCC) kindly invite... read more


Launch of a new project to combat an important cocoa disease in West Africa

(12.06.2015) 

How can transdisciplinary systems research help develop a novel holistic concept for reducing the spread and impact of cocoa swollen shoot virus disease in West Africa?... read more


Call for Applications: SFIAR Award 2015

(27.05.2015) 

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


Organic food combines sustainability and quality

(19.05.2015) 

What constitutes the quality of our food? In addition to nutrient content and pesticide residues, the sustainability of food becomes more and more important. Experts... read more


The International Year of Soils at FiBL

(11.05.2015) 

The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils in order to increase awareness and understanding of this important non-renewable resource. The... read more


Kick-off meeting of OK-Net Arable: exchanging knowledge to improve organic arable cropping

(07.05.2015) 

The OK-Net Arable thematic network funded through Horizon 2020 aims to improve the exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers and scientists to increase... read more


ICOAS 2015 in October in Bratislava - Registration deadline prolonged

(07.05.2015) 

FiBL and the Hungarian Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKi) are part of the organizing committee of the 5th International Conference on Organic Agriculture... read more


FiBL report shows organic protein availability and demand

(05.05.2015) 

The aim of the study, carried out as part of the project "Improved Contribution of local feed to support 100 % Organic feed supply to Pigs and Poultry" (ICOPP), was to... read more


June 24-26, 2015: Eucarpia-COBRA-ECO-PB event on organic plant breeding in Munich, Germany

(28.04.2015) 

Register now for the Eucarpia-COBRA-ECO-PB event in Munich, Germany in June.  read more


FiBL session on "Intensification of tropical agro-ecosystems" at the GTÖ conference in Zürich

(14.04.2015) 

The need for the intensification of tropical agro-ecosystems has been widely recognized - but how to do it? read more


Syprobio project presented at Expo Milano 2015

(26.03.2015) 

The focus of Expo Milano 2015 is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life." A number of innovative projects have been selected to show best practices of sustainable food... read more


FiBL session "Sustaining our soils: the role of society and transdisciplinary research" at the Global Soil Week

(26.03.2015) 

The Global Soil Week is a knowledge platform for sustainable soil management and responsible land governance worldwide. This year’s Global Soil Week will highlight the... read more


Syprobio project: Tested innovations already being disseminated in West Africa

(24.03.2015) 

The Syprobio (Systèmes de Production Biologiques, www.syprobio.net) project, coordinated by FiBL, is less than one year away from its completion. After almost five years... read more


International Turkish Quality Symposium for Organic Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

(19.03.2015) 

In collaboration with EKOLOJI IZMIR Fair 17 to 18 April 2015 read more


European research project on soil fertility launched

(11.03.2015) 

Under the leadership of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) the European research project "Fertility building in organic cropping systems" (FertilCrop)... read more


What is your view on sustainability in the organic sector? Survey on thematic priorities

(11.03.2015) 

What are the views of stakeholders on sustainability in the organic sector? In the framework of the project “Further Development of Methodologies for Sustainability... read more


The new FiBL activity report 2014 has arrived

(10.03.2015) 

The 2014 activity report documents on 40 pages the advances made in FiBL's research and consultancy work and provides an overview of all activity areas of FiBL Germany,... read more


Switzerland and Ministry of Agriculture support development of organic agriculture in Albania

(03.03.2015) 

The Swiss Government and FiBL support Albania in boosting its development of organic agriculture which positively impacts the sustainable growth of the rural economy.... read more


Technical guide on mother-bonded and fostered calf rearing in dairy farming

(23.02.2015) 

FiBL and FOUR PAWS International produced a technical guide on innovative and animal-friendly systems of calf rearing. Based on the experiences of some farmers with... read more


New fact sheet assessing the suitability of sewage sludge precipitation products for use in organic farming

(17.02.2015) 

Partners of the CORE Organic II funded IMPROVE-P project compiled information on different treatment methods for sewage sludge and assessed the potentials and risks of... read more


Ukraine’s organic market continues to prosper – despite the current political and economic crisis

(10.02.2015) 

Ukraine is famous for its potential for organic farming. Notwithstanding the difficult political and economic situation, the market continues to develop rapidly. During... read more


FiBL at BIOFACH 2015: Good numbers and new input for organic

(10.02.2015) 

Another strong presence of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at BIOFACH in Nuremberg: During the 2015 staging of the world’s leading trade fair for... read more


European organic market continued to grow in 2013

(10.02.2015) 

In 2013, the European organic market grew by approximately six percent to a value of more than 24 billion euros. Consumers in the European Union spent 22.2 billion... read more


Growth continues: Global organic market at 72 billion US Dollars with 43 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide

(10.02.2015) 

The latest global data on organic farming will be presented by IFOAM – Organics International and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at the BIOFACH... read more


Science Day 2015: Register now

(12.01.2015) 

Science Day 2015, to take place on the February 13, 2015 at BIOFACH is organised by TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic... read more