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TIPI member assembly successfully conducted


After the pre-conference on 08 November 2017, TIPI successfully conducted its third member assembly. read more

TIPI organized the pre-conference the Organic World Congress in New Dehli, India


Report from the pre-conference and the Organic World Congress (OWC), that took place 08 – 11 November 2017 in New Dehli, India. read more

GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 expands with co-hosting The Organic Farmers Fair (TOFF)


From 12-14 June 2018, the conference GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 brings together more than 450 exhibitors from over 40 countries under the roof of Amsterdam's exhibition... read more

New World Board of IFOAM - Organics International elected


On 12 and 13 November 2017, subsequent to the Organic World Congress (OWC) in India, the members of IFOAM – Organics International gathered at their general assembly. A... read more

New study shows that organic farming can contribute to the world food supply


A worldwide conversion to organic farming can contribute to a comprehensive and sustainable food system, if combined with further measures. Thus, it is important to... read more

FiBL and Indian agricultural university sign MoU to embark on collaborative projects


In a brief ceremony on 5 November, representatives of FiBL and the vice-chancellor of the PDKV Agricultural University in Akola, India, along with other higher... read more

Helping European agriculture to tackle water and nutrient limitations: New European project started


An ambitious 5-year project for the future of European agriculture – SolACE – was given an exciting start earlier this year. SolACE, which is funded under the European... read more

Strategic cooperation between FiBL and the Organic Valley in China


On 27 September, the deputy mayor of the Chinese city Xiangyang visited the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL in Switzerland, where an agreement on... read more

12th Annual Biocontrol Industry Meeting held in Basel


Producers of biocontrol products did not always have a common meeting place. This changed in 2006, when the innovative idea to hold a congress for biocontrol products... read more

Seed as a commons: Key for organic plant breeding - establishing alternatives to seed monopolies


Market concentration in the seed sector is growing incessantly. Demanding better seed policies is not enough to stop this trend. Strategies and practical alternatives to... read more

Fraud prevention through verifying organic farming practices


Transparency is crucial for the organic markets and exports from Ukraine. More transparency could be achieved through verifying good organic farming practices, shorter... read more

Grazed and confused? New report gives the lay of the land on grazing livestock’s climate impact


An international research collaboration has shed light on the impact that grass-fed animals have on climate change. Its new study adds clarity to the debate around... read more

More microbes in organic soil


Soils in organic farming contain on average 59 percent more biomass from microorganisms, which are up to 84 percent more active compared to those in conventional... read more

DiverIMPACTS: Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture - New project launched


A major 5-year European project ˗ DiverIMPACTS ˗ was recently launched. The project will explore the full potential of diversifying arable cropping systems with the aim... read more

Video: Tail biting in pigs - causes and prevention


The PigWatch project aims to develop and apply animal based measures to avoid the pain, frustration and negative emotional states associated with tail biting and... read more

Are you an exporter of organic products? A new website informs you on current requirements


Navigating through the ever-changing import rules is now easier thanks to a new website: OrganicExportInfo. It allows exporters of organic products to find the current... read more

4th West African Conference on Ecological Organic Agriculture in Mali


On 5 and 6 December 2017, the conference on Ecological Organic Agriculture will be held in Bamako, Mali, as a follow-up to the 3rd conference that took place in Cotonou,... read more

Detailed programme and brochure of the IAHA Pre-Conference on Organic Animal Husbandry


7-8 Nov. 2017, linked to the Organic World Congress 2017 of IFOAM in India 9-11 Nov. 2017 read more

Cotton is back in Haiti: New hope for farmers


Cotton is back in Haiti after a 30-year absence, having once been the country’s fourth largest agricultural export.  read more

Fact sheet on the life cycle assessment of organic foods


How meaningful are environmental assessments of organic foods based on life cycle assessments? A new fact sheet provides an overview of the current state of knowledge... read more

Video: First Organic Field Days at the Hessian State Domain Frankenhausen in Germany


On 21 and 22 June 2017, more than 8000 visitors attended the first ever nationwide Organic Field Days in Germany. More than 200 companies, associations and organisations... read more

OK-Net Arable Final Conference - 15 November 2017


The OK-Net Arable Final Conference in Brussels will take place in Brussels on 15 November. The event is co-organized with the 3rd edition of Organic Innovation Days... read more

Launch of the ReMIX project: Redesigning European cropping systems based on species mixtures


EU agriculture needs to develop transition pathways towards agroecology-based, resilient and sustainable farming systems, combining the goals of ensuring productivity... read more

FiBL Europe – Impressions, aims and vision


FiBL Europe, the new umbrella organisation of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, ventured into uncharted territory and inaugurated successfully its new... read more

LIVESEED project - Boosting organic seed & plant breeding


1 June 2017 marked the official start of the LIVESEED project. The objective of this 4-year project is to improve the performance and sustainability of organic... read more

FiBL Europe celebrates its opening


Today, the leading research institute in organic agriculture, FiBL, inaugurated its new office in Brussels. It builds a bridge between FiBL’s sound scientific knowledge... read more

Bocadillo Veleño - Colombia has protected its prestigious sweet with a denomination of origin


The Bocadillo Veleño, a Colombian confectionary made of guava pulp from the region of Vélez in the north of Colombia is now protected by the Colombian Government with a... read more

Improved data for the global survey on Voluntary Sustainability Standards


To strengthen the data collection efforts on Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) worldwide, FiBL signed a cooperation agreement with ISEAL Alliance.  read more

Voluntary Sustainability Standards: Growth continues


The latest market data on key Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) is presented in "The State of Sustainable Markets 2017" report. The 2017 edition was presented... read more

Tillage without using a plough: beneficial for soil and climate


Ploughless tillage can reduce soil erosion and contribute to protecting the climate. Two recent publications by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) on... read more

Register now for the conference "Accelerating innovation - the role of science, policy and practice"


On November 8, 2017, the conference "Accelerating innovation - the role of science, policy and practice" will take place as a preconference of the Organic World Congress... read more

New round for the FiBL organic input list 2018


Trade products can now be registered for the "Input list for organic agriculture in Germany 2018”. read more

Organic Food System Programme earns recognition by United Nations Action Framework positioned for a busy next five years around the world


The Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) Programme of the United Nations’ 10-Year Framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) has endorsed the Organic Food... read more

FiBL and Korean partners: Organic strategies for fruit orchards


In a new project, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) will cooperate with Korea to test fruit varieties and plant protection agents. FiBL and its Korean... read more

New and improved FiBL online shop


The extensive FiBL shop containing over 400 publications has been completely remodelled and optimized for mobile devices. The publications, available in print or online... read more

Report on the EU Common Agricultural Policy and deforestation


A new FiBL report on the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and deforestation will officially be released in early May. It has been commissioned by the forests and... read more

INRA-FiBL collaboration for research in the field of organic agriculture


On 25 April 2017, the Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) signed a partnership... read more

New FiBL report on organic agriculture and climate change


This week, a new report on the potential of organic agriculture to mitigate climate change has been published. This report has been commissioned to FiBL by the IFOAM-EU... read more

New joint organic research center established in China – FiBL and IGDB sign collaboration agreement


Recently, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (IGDB) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences... read more

Report from Science Day 2017 at BIOFACH


On February 17, 2017, the fifth 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

Video tutorial: Phosphorus recycling for organic agriculture


The CORE Organic II project Improve-P recently ended. Else Bünemann, Astrid Oberson and Kurt Möller from the Improve-P team summarized the project outcomes in a... read more

Animal welfare and global food supply: Discover the new activity report!


Gain insight into important projects in the new activity report 2016. read more

Call for applications to online course "Challenges of Organic Arable Farming"


Register now for the online course on organic arable farming. The deadline for applications is 15 March 2017. read more

Cacao agroforestry systems increase farmers’ income


A long-term study in Bolivia comparing different cacao production systems shows that in addition to enhancing biodiversity as well as farmers’ food security and... read more

Ukraine receives considerable attention at BIOFACH 2017


Seventeen Ukrainian companies participated as exhibitors at the BIOFACH Fair 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany, the biggest trade fair for organic products worldwide, with more... read more

FiBL at BIOFACH 2017: Media kit


At the BIOFACH Congress, where a wide range of topics will be discussed, researchers of FiBL will once again represent their institute. One of the highlights will be the... read more

Organic in Europe: Organic market grows by double digits and organic area reaches 12.7 million hectares in 2015


The organic market in Europe continues to grow. In 2015, it increased by 13% and nearly reached 30 billion euros (European Union: 27.1 billion Euros). Almost all the... read more

Organic Chinese medicinal plants for Europe


A new cooperation platform aims at promoting organic cultivation of Chinese medicinal herbs in China, ensuring the quality of Chinese medicinal materials and... read more

Another record year for organic agriculture worldwide - 50.9 million hectares of organic agricultural land – organic market grows to more than 80 billion US Dollars


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

Successful control of creeping thistle in organic farming


Creeping thistle has become an increasing problem especially for organic arable farms with soils of higher organic matter content. Wherever it grows, it competes with... read more

FiBL at BIOFACH 2017 – Science Day and current numbers


Another strong presence of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at BIOFACH 2017 in Nuremberg. At the BIOFACH Congress, where a wide range of topics will... read more

Shaping the relationship to the soil


The enhancement of soil fertility was a crucial value already to the pioneers of organic farming, but the conservation of fertile soil is not always given enough... read more

New technical note: Decomposition study using tea bags


Comparing the decomposition of green tea as a fast-decomposing material with rooibos as a material, which is difficult to break down, allows for the calculation of the... read more