News highlighting FiBL’s research, training and advisory services

FiBL Newsletter November 2015

Contents

1 Research

1.1 FiBL and Agroscope forming partnership to empower organic research
1.2 Andreas Gattinger earned his habilitation at the Justus Liebig University Giessen
1.3 SFIAR Award Ceremony 2015
1.4 Compliance to voluntary sustainability standards has grown steadily worldwide
1.5 LowInputBreeds project improves breeding strategies
1.6 FiBL comments on methodological flaws in a study that criticizes the climate change mitigation potential of organic farming

2 Other News

2.1 Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann and European ministers of agriculture visit FiBL in Frick
2.2 FiBL and Abu Dhabi Farmers’ Services Centre sign contract
2.3 Feeding the people: Agroecology for nourishing the world and transforming the agri-food system
2.4 FiBL part of National Centre for Climate Services established by the federal government
2.5 FiBL raised awareness on soil management at World Sustainability Forum Basel 2015
2.6 Organic beekeeping enjoys international backing
2.7 Conference held in Lagos consolidates the progress made on transforming the continental food and agriculture systems
2.8 Fighting food fraud in Ukraine
2.9 EU project with FiBL involvement presented at the Expo Milano 2015
2.10 FiBL wins Expo Milano award

3 Publications

3.1 Arguments for organic farming - FiBL provides background info in German and French
3.2 New printed farm handbook for organic pig producers

4 Events

4.1 BIOFACH 2016
4.2 Save the date: Science Day at BIOFACH 2016

1 Research

1.1 FiBL and Agroscope forming partnership to empower organic research

The secret to a successful organic agriculture is to combine knowledge from both research and practice. FiBL and the Swiss federal research centre Agroscope have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their partnership. Now organic farmers can expect even more support through research.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive15/media-release14/article/fibl-and-agroscope-forming-partnership-to-empower-organic-research.html

1.2 Andreas Gattinger earned his habilitation at the Justus Liebig University Giessen

FiBL researcher Andreas Gattinger earned his habilitation at Faculty 09 of the Justus Liebig University Giessen with a thesis on carbon fluxes in soil ecosystems and was granted the venia legendi for soil ecology.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/andreas-gattinger-habilitiert-an-der-justus-liebig-universitaet-giessen.html

1.3 SFIAR Award Ceremony 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. SFIAR president Beate Huber will hold a speech for the award winners. Beate Huber is the head of the department of international cooperation at FiBL.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/sfiar-award-ceremony-2015.html

1.4 Compliance to voluntary sustainability standards has grown steadily worldwide

FiBL presented the first results of its survey on Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS) at the second Trade for Sustainable Development Forum, 2015, at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva on 1 and 2 October.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/compliance-to-voluntary-sustainability-standards-has-grown-steadily-worldwide.html

1.5 LowInputBreeds project improves breeding strategies

The LowInputBreeds project integrated breeding and management to improve animal health, product quality, and performance in organic and low input milk, meat, and eggs. Four technical sub-projects were evaluated for ethical, economic and environmental impact in a 5th subproject which also covered training and dissemination, including the project website www.lowinputbreeds.org with the project's publications, newsletters, conference proceedings, and technical notes.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/lowinputbreeds-project-improves-the-breeding-strategies.html

1.6 FiBL comments on methodological flaws in a study that criticizes the climate change mitigation potential of organic farming

FiBL comments on a study which is questioning the climate change mitigation potential of organic farming and finds several methodological flaws. The study by Julius McGee was published in the journal Agriculture and Human Values in June 2015.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive15/media-release14/article/comment-fibl-identifies-methodological-flaws-in-a-study-that-criticizes-the-climate-change-mitigati.html

2 Other News

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

How can agricultural soil be sustained and even improved? A tour through the department of soil sciences at FiBL in Frick provided the ministers with good answers to this question. Prior to the tour, the ministers took part in a conference discussing the soil issue.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive15/media-release14/article/federal-councillor-johann-n-schneider-ammann-and-european-ministers-of-agriculture-visit-the-fibl-in-frick.html

2.2 FiBL and Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre sign contract

Over the next four years, FiBL experts will visit the United Arab Emirates in order to establish a centre for organic agriculture in cooperation with local institutions, researchers and farmers. Urs Niggli, Director of FiBL, and Rashed Mohamed Al Shariqi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (ADFSC), signed the corresponding four-year contract.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive15/media-release14/article/organic-expertise-travels-from-frick-to-the-united-arab-emirates-fibl-and-abu-dhabi-farmers-services-centre-sign-contract.html

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

On 29 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 best suited to meet the major challenges facing us.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/feeding-the-people-agroecology-for-nourishing-the-world-and-transforming-the-agri-food-system.html

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

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 departments, politicians, the business sector and society to recognise the risks and opportunities.

Both the research centre Agroscope and FiBL will contribute to the thematic field of agriculture in the newly founded NCCS.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-ist-am-neuen-netzwerk-fuer-klimadienstleistungen-des-bundes-beteiligt.html

2.5 FiBL raised awareness on soil management at World Sustainability Forum Basel 2015

In September Basel was hosting the World Sustainability Forum for the fifth time. Renowned international experts spoke about progress and recent developments in the field of sustainable soil management at a panel discussion organised by FiBL.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-raises-awareness-on-soil-management-by-taking-part-in-world-sustainability-forum-basel-2015.html

2.6 Organic beekeeping enjoys international backing

The importance of honeybees to agriculture and thus to human survival is well known. In order to encourage organic beekeeping and contribute to saving the honeybee, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM – Organics International) has established an Apiculture Forum.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/organic-beekeeping-enjoys-international-backing.html

2.7 Conference held in Lagos consolidates the progress made on transforming the continental food and agriculture systems

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 2009. The movement connects with ecological and organic stakeholders and shows what strong links between farmers and researchers can achieve and how they can contribute to societal change.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/the-3rd-african-organic-conference-held-in-lagos-consolidates-the-progress-made-on-transforming-the.html

2.8 Fighting food fraud in Ukraine

The Anti-Fraud Initiative (AFI) – the international network to prevent fraud on the organic marketplace – held its 10th workshop "Improving Integrity of Organic Arable Production in Ukraine" together with the European Organic Certifiers Council (EOCC) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in Kyiv, Ukraine on 23 and 24 September 2015. The workshop concluded with a common declaration on how to strengthen integrity of Ukrainian organic production.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/anti-fraud-initiative-fighting-food-fraud-in-ukraine.html

2.9 EU project with FiBL involvement presented at the Expo Milano 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 Milano at an event hosted by the European Commission.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/new-eu-project-with-fibl-involvement-presented-at-the-expo-milano-2015.html

2.10 FiBL wins Expo Milano award

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" (BSDP) of Milano Expo 2015.

> www.fibl.org/en/service-en/news-archive/news/article/fibl-wins-the-best-sustainable-development-practices-on-food-security-award-of-expo-milano.html

3 Publications

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

Organic farming offers a multitude of benefits. FiBL has compiled these benefits in its publication entitled "100 Argumente für den Biolandbau" (100 arguments for organic farming), complete with research findings, organic regulations and standards. A flyer listing selected arguments serves as a swift introduction. First published in 2007, the "Arguments" have now been completely revised.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive15/media-release14/article/arguments-for-organic-farming-fibl-provides-background-info-in-german-and-french.html

3.2 New printed farm handbook for organic pig producers

"Improving health and welfare of pigs" is a new practical handbook for organic pig producers. The handbook summarizes the expertise of farmers, consultants, scientists and technical literature for maintaining the health of pigs.

> www.fibl.org/en/media/media-archive/media-archive15/media-release14/article/new-printed-farmhand-for-the-organic-pig-producer.html

4 Events

4.1 BIOFACH 2016

10.-13.02.2016

NürnbergMesse, Nuremberg, Germany

> www.biofach.fibl.org/en

4.2 Save the date: Science Day at BIOFACH 2016

12.02.2016

NürnbergMesse, Nuremberg, Germany

> www.biofach.fibl.org/en/biofach-en.html

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