News highlighting FiBL’s research, training and advisory services

FiBL Newsletter November 2013

Contents

1. News

1.1 Global analysis shows that organically farmed lands contribute to climate change mitigation
1.2 Fourth workshop of the European project OrganicDataNetwork in Montpellier
1.3 Green fingers - Article on TILMAN-ORG in International Innovation
1.4 Sustainable Food Communities of Practice: Report from the final FOODLINKS conference
1.5 FiBL staff member wins SFIAR Master Thesis Award 2013
1.6 New UNCTAD report: "Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate"
1.7 Expert Group for Technical Advice in Organic Production: Report on greenhouse production published
1.8 FiBL trial takes centre stage at 3rd Bolivian national agroforestry congress
1.9 Trademark for regional agri-food products “Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians” launched
1.10 New research project on compost and fish feed production in Ghana

 

2. FiBL anniversary and open day  

2.1 FiBL celebrates its 40th birthday with 4000 guests
2.2 FiBL turns 40 – reminiscence and outlook

 

3. Events    

3.1 International Symposium on organic agriculture in the Mediterranean region, Agadir, Morocco, 02.12.2013 - 04.12.2013
3.2 FiBL events in further languages

 

4. FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

1. News

1.1 Global analysis shows that organically farmed lands contribute to climate change mitigation

Organically farmed lands emit less nitrous oxide and take up greater amounts of atmospheric methane, thus contributing to climate change mitigation. This is the result of an evaluation of 19 comparative studies from around the globe conducted by a team of experts at FiBL and the University of Hohenheim. The results of this meta-analysis have now been published in the online version of the Science of the Total Environment journal.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive13/media-release13/article/global-analysis-shows-that-organically-farmed-lands-contribute-to-climate-change-mitigation.html

1.2 Fourth workshop of the European project OrganicDataNetwork in Montpellier

Twenty-eight participants representing the 15 project partners of the OrganicDataNetwork project for better  European organic market information gathered from October 3-4, 2013 in Montpellier for the fourth project meeting.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fourth-workshop-of-the-eu-project-organicdatanetwork-in-montpellier.html

1.3 Green fingers - Article on TILMAN-ORG in International Innovation

Recently the article "Green fingers" was published in the magazine "International Innovation", informing about the project "Reduced tillage and green manures for sustainable organic cropping systems" (TILMAN-ORG).

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/green-fingers-article-on-tilman-org-in-international-innovation.html

1.4 Sustainable Food Communities of Practice: Report from the final FOODLINKS conference

On 16 October the conference "Sustainable Food Communities of Practice – Meet and Eat" took place, at which the findings of the three-year project FOODLINKS were presented.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/food-communities-of-practice-conference-report.html

1.5 FiBL staff member wins SFIAR Master Thesis Award 2013

Christian Andres, formerly a student at ETH Zurich and now working at FiBL, has won the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) Master Thesis Award 2013 for his submission "Fertilization of Dioscorea rotundata with poultry manure: effects on nutrient dynamics and nutrient use efficiencies".

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/the-swiss-forum-for-international-agricultural-research-offers-an-annual-award-for-scientists-workin.html

1.6 New UNCTAD report: "Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate"

Recently the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013 was launched. More than 60 authors, including experts from FiBL, contributed to this report.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/take-mosaic-approach-to-agriculture-boost-support-for-small-farmers-unctad-report-urges.html

1.7 Expert Group for Technical Advice in Organic Production: Report on greenhouse production published

The Expert Group for Technical Advice on Organic Production (EGTOP) was set up three years ago in order to provide technical advice to the European Commission. Recently, EG-TOP published a report on greenhouse production (protected cropping).

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/expert-group-for-technical-advice-in-organic-production-report-on-protected-cropping.html

1.8 FiBL trial takes centre stage at 3rd Bolivian national agroforestry congress

For a good four years, FiBL has coordinated a comparative trial of conventional and organic cocoa production at the foot of the Andes. This trial in tropical Alto Beni was one of the main items on the agenda of the Bolivian Agroforestry Congress, which attracted some 250 delegates.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-versuch-im-mittelpunkt-des-dritten-nationalen-agroforst-kongresses-in-bolivien-1.html

1.9 Trademark for regional agri-food products “Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians” launched

The new trademark for high quality regional agri-food products “Taste of the Ukrainian Carpathians” was officially launched in the Ukrainian village of Tlumach (region of Ivano-Frankivsk).

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/trademark-for-regional-agri-food-products-taste-of-the-ukrainian-carpathians-launched.html

1.10 New research project on compost and fish feed production in Ghana

The Swiss National Fund (SNF) has approved a new research project on compost and fish feed production in Ghana.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/a-new-research-project-on-compost-and-fish-feed-production-in-ghana.html

Further news

For further news see

> www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html

2. FiBL anniversary and open day

2.1 FiBL celebrates its 40th birthday with 4000 guests

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) celebrated its 40th birthday by hosting an open day on August 25, 2013. Over 4000 visitors were clearly impressed by the Institute’s broad spectrum of research and advisory activities.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-celebrates-its-40th-birthday-with-4000-guests.html

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-turns-40-reminiscence-and-outlook.html

2.2 FiBL turns 40 – reminiscence and outlook

This year marks the 40th anniversary of FiBL, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. In fact, the institute’s history goes back even longer, to 1966, when Philippe Matile, professor of plant physiology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, wrote in the daily newspaper Die Tat: “Artificial fertilisation is a dead end.’ He called for a return to humus management, as practised by organic farmers.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-turns-40-reminiscence-and-outlook.html

3. Events

3.1 International Symposium on organic agriculture in the Mediterranean region, Agadir, Morocco, 02.12.2013 - 04.12.2013

3.2 FiBL events in further languages

FiBL events in further languages can be viewed at

> www.fibl.org/en/fibl/service-en/events/events-overview.html

4. FiBL on Facebook, Twitter & Co.

You have a number of possibilities to keep yourself updated about FiBL. Here are the relevant links:

FiBL news: www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html

FiBL news via RSS: www.fibl.org/en/service-en/rss-en.html

FiBL on Twitter: www.twitter.com/fiblorg

FiBL on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FiBLnew

FiBL on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/FiBLFilm/videos

New FiBL publications in the OrganicEprints archive: www.fibl.org/en/fibl/themes/publications.html and FiBL homepage ( www.fibl.org/en/homepage.html, below the news ).

 

Yours sincerely,
Helga Willer
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