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SFIAR Award 2016

(16.12.2016) 

The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) presented this year's award on 15 December. The public event was hosted by the World Food System Center... read more


Film: Stubble cultivation to control root-weed in organic agriculture

(29.11.2016) 

In organic agriculture, minimal tillage is more challenging than conventional farming using herbicides. There is an increased risk of volunteer crops, problems with... read more


Register for Science Day 2017 at BIOFACH

(07.12.2016) 

On February 17, 2017, the fifth Science Day will take place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It is a joint event of TIPI, the Technology... read more


First sociological study of the emerging organic sector in the post-socialist country of Bulgaria

(29.11.2016) 

A book summarises the main findings of a Swiss-Bulgarian research project, coordinated by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL). Applying the methods... read more


Video: Parasite control for organic ruminants

(28.11.2016) 

Gastrointestinal parasitism is a major challenge to the health and welfare of organic livestock. Although considerable research has taken place on alternative parasite... read more


Organic farming in sub-Saharan Africa is productive, economically viable and resource-conserving

(24.11.2016) 

A long-term study in Kenya shows that maize yields and nutrient uptake in the organic farming systems are quite similar to conventional systems. Due to premium prices,... read more


Awarded master thesis provides important insights on organic and conventional farming in a semi-arid environment

(23.11.2016) 

The Fiat Panis Foundation awarded the Hans H. Ruthenberg Award 2016 to a student from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the University of... read more


First SME ORGANICS field visit to the canton of Aargau

(22.11.2016) 

On 8 and 9 September, the SME ORGANICS project organised the first interregional field visit in the canton of Aargau, Switzerland, with regional stakeholders and project... read more


New fact sheet assessing the use of chars, ashes and slags as alternative phosphorus fertilizers in organic farming

(11.11.2016) 

Partners of the CORE Organic II funded IMPROVE-P project compiled information on the potentials and requirements for use of chars, ashes and slags in organic farming.... read more


Dinner talk between FiBL director Urs Niggli and the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland Wenbing Geng

(10.11.2016) 

During his visit at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in June this year, the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China invited FiBL director Urs... read more


International organic market shows a stable growth

(31.10.2016) 

A rise significantly above 80 billion US-dollar in worldwide sales: according to the current assessment of industry experts, this could be the organic balance for 2015.... read more


Microorganisms, mixed crops and recycled fertilizer may help date palm cultivation

(11.10.2016) 

Date palm is an important crop in Morocco, Tunisia and many other dryland ecosystems. The prevailing harsh environmental condition, the spread of root diseases and other... read more


Video: New video on the spade test

(05.10.2016) 

Soils are the most valuable resource for crop production, but they receive very little attention because we take them for granted. Within the project FertilCrop, visual... read more


New platform for farmers to find organic solutions and exchange knowledge launched

(04.10.2016) 

A new platform - OK-Net Arable - aimed at filling the gap in the exchange of information between farmers across Europe was launched. The platform was developed by the... read more


Why cows have horns. A new basic guide sheds light on the issue

(26.09.2016) 

Organic farmers aim to minimise their interventions on animals. However, today at least three out of four calves born on organic farms are dehorned. Hardly any animal... read more


New advisory tool on animal-friendly pig husbandry in Africa

(23.09.2016) 

With support of the Swiss Sahee Foundation and local advisors, FiBL produced a technical guide for trainers in Swaziland on animal-friendly pig husbandry. The new... read more


Video: The Science behind the Organic Movement

(22.09.2016) 

The keynote speech at the Organic Science Conference in Canada was held by Urs Niggli, director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Switzerland... read more


Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting ABIM 2016

(14.09.2016) 

ABIM is the premier global meeting for the biocontrol industry and is internationally recognised as the global platform for the industry to network, discover and unveil... read more


International conference: Sourcing Organic from Ukraine 2016

(26.08.2016) 

Importers of organic products from the Ukraine are facing many challenges. The upcoming international conference, which takes place October 25 and 26, 2016, in... read more


Organic farming and the prospects for stimulating public goods under the Common Agricultural Policy

(20.07.2016) 

The reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union (EU) for 2014-2020 lacks clear tools to guide and direct investments towards sustainable... read more


FiBL scientists report the major bottlenecks of organic cotton production in India

(11.07.2016) 

FiBL scientists have released a report identifying "Major bottlenecks of cotton production in Nimar valley of central India". The report is based on a recent farm survey... read more


Geographical indication training in Colombia

(12.07.2016) 

From 13 to 17 June 2016, 25 actors from the social, private and public sector met in Paipa, Colombia, for a 5-day training on Geographical Indications and origin-based... read more


FiBL intensifies cooperation with China – Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland visits FiBL

(01.07.2016) 

On 23 June 2016, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Switzerland visited the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Frick. Ambassador Wenbing... read more


Organic equals conventional agriculture in the tropics

(30.06.2016) 

A long-term study by the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Kenya has shown clearly that organic agriculture not only generates comparable yields,... read more


Open Day at FiBL – Finding intelligent solutions for organic farming

(26.06.2016) 

On 26 June 2016, around 5000 people were invited to gain an insight into the work of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Frick.  read more


First Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum held successfully at BIOFACH China 2016

(16.06.2016) 

Almost 130 participants, speakers from around the world and a regional group of TIPI in China founded: The first Organic Science Day & Technology Innovation Forum in... read more


Improving the phosphorus supply in organic farming: IMPROVE-P

(08.06.2016) 

How can the management of phosphorus (P) in organic farming be improved? Phosphorus (P) is essential for every living organism as part of its DNA and other molecules.... read more


IFOAM EU publishes new guide on Organic Action Plans

(01.06.2016) 

Over the last decade, the development of Organic Action Plans has gained momentum as a mechanism for achieving a more integrated and balanced approach to organic... read more


New technical guide to prevent contamination of organic crops by tropane alkaloids

(06.06.2016) 

In some regions, contamination of organic crops with weeds containing tropane alkaloids such as Jimson Weed and Black Henbane is increasing. Concerned crops are mainly... read more


The 8th ISEAL Conference "Growing Impacts: Innovation and Evolution"

(30.05.2016) 

From 10 to 12 May 2016, key actors from the sustainability sector gathered in Washington D.C. for the "Global Sustainability Standards Conference 2016", the... read more


Meeting of INRA, ITAB and FiBL

(25.05.2016) 

The National Institute for Agromonic Research (INRA) (France), the Technical Institute for Organic Agriculture (ITAB) (France) and the Research Institute of Organic... read more


TIPI Science Day in China: Detailed programme now available

(17.05.2016) 

On 27 May 2016, a Science Day will take place at BIOFACH China in Shanghai. It is organized by FiBL on behalf of TIPI - the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM -... read more


TIPI Science Day at BIOFACH China

(04.05.2016) 

From 26 to 28 May, BIOFACH CHINA will celebrate its anniversary at the Shanghai World Expo Convention Center (SWEECC). Over 360 exhibitors and around 16,000 visitors... read more


Organic in Europe. Prospects and Developments 2016

(29.04.2016) 

Demand for organic food in Europe saw another record year of growth in 2014; however, organic production is not moving at the same speed and more effort at policy level... read more


Open day at FiBL Switzerland

(22.03.2016) 

On 26 June 2016, FiBL will host an open day in Frick - you are very welcome! The day provides the best opportunity to visit FiBL, to discuss and consult with FiBL... read more


FiBL study on locally produced food in Freiburg

(25.04.2016) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Frick conducted a study on the consumption of locally produced food in Freiburg, Germany, based on data collected... read more


Call for Papers for the 19th Organic World Congress

(18.04.2016) 

The 19th Organic World Congress of IFOAM - Organics International, which is taking place from 9 - 11 November 2017 in India, has opened its Call for Papers. Every... read more


Revised fact sheet on the importance of wild bees

(15.04.2016) 

Wild bees and other insects have a crucial role to play in the pollination of both wild plants and crop plants. Over the past few decades, there has been a strong... read more


Report from Science Day 2016 at BIOFACH

(06.04.2016) 

On 12 February 2016, the fourth Science Day took place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology... read more


Science Day at BIOFACH China 2016

(06.04.2016) 

On 27 May 2016, a Science Day will take place at BIOFACH China in Shanghai. It is organized by FiBL on behalf of TIPI - the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM -... read more


Milestones in the history of FiBL

(19.04.2016) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL was founded in Switzerland over 40 years ago. Over time, new FiBLs were established in Germany and Austria. Since its... read more


SFIAR is calling for applications for this year’s award

(24.03.2016) 

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


Video: Improving health and welfare of organic dairy cows

(24.03.2016) 

The aim of the OrganicDairyHealth project is to improve health and welfare in organic dairy cows. In this video, Anna Wallenbeck from Sweden, Ute Knierim from Germany... read more


First peer-reviewed scientific paper on the Sustainability Assessment Tool SMART published

(24.03.2016) 

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has published the first peer-reviewed paper on the SMART (Sustainability Monitoring and Assessment RouTine) approach... read more


CGIAR features FiBL cotton research in state of the art publication on innovation platforms

(23.03.2016) 

Creating impact: that is what agricultural research for development is designed for. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) has long... read more


New fact sheets assessing the use of meat and bone meal and urban organic wastes as alternative phosphorus fertilizers in organic farming

(15.03.2016) 

Partners of the CORE Organic II funded IMPROVE-P project compiled information on the potentials and requirements for use of meat and bone meal and recycled urban organic... read more


Video: Opportunities and challenges when trading with Turkey

(15.03.2016) 

Turkey has very favourable production conditions for different organic crops. Due to its proximity to the European market, it is a major producer and exporter of organic... read more


Ukraine at BIOFACH 2016: A successful exhibition

(01.03.2016) 

Eleven Ukrainian companies participated as exhibitors at the BIOFACH Fair 2016 in Nuremberg, Germany. BIOFACH (Germany) is the biggest trade fair for organic products... read more


Clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat

(16.02.2016) 

A team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally... read more


17th edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture" presented at BIOFACH

(15.02.2016) 

Organic agriculture is practiced in 172 countries, and 43.7 million hectares of agricultural land are managed organically by approximately 2.3 million farmers. The... read more


Cooperation for Dutch list of inputs

(12.02.2016) 

FiBL and Skal sign cooperation agreement for assessment of inputs for Dutch organic farming. read more


FiBL researchers publish perspective article on Sustainable Intensification of Tropical Agro-Ecosystems

(11.02.2016) 

Sustainable intensification of tropical agriculture is crucial, but how to achieve it is a matter of debate. In a new publication, FiBL researchers highlight the major... read more


European organic market continued to grow in 2014

(09.02.2016) 

In 2014, the European organic market grew by approximately 7.6 percent to a value of more than 26 billion euros. Consumers in the European Union spent 23.9 billion euros... read more


Growth continues: 43.7 million hectares of organic agricultural land worldwide

(10.02.2016) 

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


FiBL at BIOFACH 2016 – Numbers, soy and Science Day

(04.02.2016) 

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


New report tracks the rapid growth of sustainable markets

(02.02.2016) 

Survey results from 14 sustainability standards across nine commodity areas help determine new statistics and emerging trends for sustainable production. read more


Turkey Organic – A special forum at BIOFACH to reflect on "organic" opportunities and challenges when trading with Turkey

(25.01.2016) 

Turkey provides highly favorable production conditions for growing different organic crops. Due to its proximity to the European market, Turkey is a well-known producer... read more


Strategic partnership for customized sustainability assessments in the food sector

(22.01.2016) 

Tailored sustainability solutions from a single source - a new offer for customers in the agricultural and food industries. With this goal, the School of Agricultural,... read more


New series of posts on organic agriculture on Facebook

(14.01.2016) 

FiBL started a new series on Facebook and will post reasons in favour of organic agriculture. The Facebook page is available here: www.facebook.com/FiBLnews. If you do... read more


Science Day 2016 at BIOFACH: Register now

(11.01.2016) 

On February 12, 2016, the fourth Science Day will take place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. Organised by the Research Institute of... read more


FiBL at BIOFACH 2016

(08.01.2016) 

Also at BioFach 2016, 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