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Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture: first Conference on Crop Diversification


The first European Conference on Crop Diversification will take place from the 18th to the 21st of September 2019, in Budapest, Hungary. The conference aims to explore... read more

Third SolACE Stakeholder Event to be held in Scotland


The SolACE event is aimed at anyone with an interest in reducing water and nutrient stress in crops (particularly potatoes, durum wheat, bread wheat and tomatoes):... read more

Field visit about intercropping with grain legumes attracts attention


About 50 farmers, advisors, scientists and stakeholders from the value chain came to the FiBL field visit in Fislisbach, canton Aargau, on 7 June 2019 to discuss the... read more

Towards improved sustainability of palm oil – FiBL publishes assessment report


Over the last 15 years, global palm oil production has more than doubled. Yet, as the fast expansion of palm oil in many cases goes hand in hand with deforestation,... read more

Second annual meeting of the ReMIX project held in Pamplona


The second annual meeting of the European research project "ReMIX" (Redesigning European cropping systems based on species MIXtures) took place in Pamplona... read more

Symposium on participatory research held in Zurich


The "2nd Symposium on Participatory Research to foster Innovation in Agriculture" is taking place in the Botanical Garden in Zurich, Switzerland, on 28 and 29 August... read more

Silage can help improve health of fattening pigs


Fattening pigs are often fed with highly ground feed and housed in an environment without straw. This lack of structure in feed increases the risk for gastric ulcers,... read more

Organic farming drives sustainability in global agriculture


Organic farming is an important role model for changing the current agriculture and food system, argue eleven international experts in the renowned scientific journal... read more

New Organic Armenia Agricultural Association established


In the framework of the Organic Agriculture Support Initiative (OASI), FiBL supported the creation and registration of the Organic Armenia Agricultural Association as a... read more

Study: Smallholder farmers in groups with various advantages – Significance, opportunities and challenges of group certification


About 80 % of the world’s organic producers are smallholders in low- and middle-income countries. They are usually certified together as part of producer groups. This is... read more

Product submissions for the Input list 2020 now possible


Since Monday, March 25th 2019, producers and distributors of inputs can register their products for the "Input list for organic farming 2020".  read more

International workshop on the comparison of organic and conventional agricultural cropping systems


What can be learned from the DOK and other long-term trials? These and other questions will be discussed during a workshop from 6 to 10 October 2019 on Monte Verità in... read more

Organic farming mitigates climate change


Long-term organically farmed soils emit 40 percent less greenhouse gases per hectare than conventionally farmed soils. The amount of emitted gas is also lower per ton of... read more

New publication on organic animal farming with FiBL input


A new book with contributions from several FiBL authors explores how organic animal production can be further developed to contribute to protecting our natural resources... read more

The Contribution of Organic Agriculture to the SDGs: Scientific evidence from comparative research


Comparative research shows that organic agriculture has great potential to improve economic, environmental and social conditions in rural areas in low-income countries.... read more

Rural Innovation Competition within the European project LIAISON


As part of the European LIAISON project, in which FiBL is a partner, a rural innovation competition is being held. Participants who have been involved in initiatives or... read more

Towards improved food security in mountain areas with nutrition-sensitive agriculture


Insights from the project Nutrition in Mountain Agro-ecosystems were published in the latest issue of Mountain Research and Development Journal. read more

Towards improved sustainability of palm oil – Can organic certification boost positive environmental and social impact of palm oil?


Palm oil production has more than doubled over the past ten years. Today, palm oil is the most used plant-based oil worldwide. Thanks to the high-yielding oil palms,... read more

Sharing knowledge and tools for organic farming - Organic Farm Knowledge platform has new design and content


The Organic Farm Knowledge platform hosts a wide range of practical knowledge and tools for organic farmers and advisers that help improve farming practices. A new... read more

European organic market grew to more than 37 billion euros in 2017


The organic market in Europe continues to grow. In 2017, it increased by almost 11 percent and reached 37.3 billion euros. Many of the major markets enjoyed double-digit... read more

Global organic area reaches another all-time high – Nearly 70 million hectares of farmland are organic


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

Research and development in and for the field


The new Activity Report 2018 provides insights into FiBL projects. read more

New publication on organic crop cultivation with FiBL input


Organic crop cultivation needs to improve yields if it is to expand its share of agricultural production. This collection reviews ways of addressing this challenge, from... read more

The Contribution of Organic Agriculture to the SDGs: Scientific evidence from comparative research


In collaboration with the European Commission DG for International Cooperation and Development, FiBL is pleased to announce the upcoming workshop "The Contribution of... read more

Handbook for organic pig producers now available in Dutch


The Dutch handbook on improving health and welfare of pigs summarizes the expertise of farmers, consultants, scientists and technical literature for maintaining the... read more

FiBL at BIOFACH 2019


At this year's BIOFACH, the world’s leading trade fair for organic food held every year in Nuremberg, FiBL is once again represented with a stand (hall 1, stand 553).... read more