FiBL is committed to researching and promoting sustainable agricultural production systems all over the world. Our researchers carry out activities that contribute to a better understanding and improvement of the sustainability of production systems in low-income countries. Agroforestry systems are regarded as particularly sustainable; our focus lies on cocoa agroforestry. Furthermore, we seek to improve the resilience of production systems through climate change mitigation and adaptation practices.
Our main activities include:
- Farming systems research: Using a farming systems approach, we compare organic and conventional farming systems in terms of their agronomic, socio-economic and ecological performance. We conduct these studies on the fields of farmers as well as on our own long-term field trials in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
- Participatory development of technology for best practices: We consider it very important to use local knowledge and to develop locally adapted solutions for farming challenges with the help of participatory research methods.
- Capacity and institution building: We value customised trainings that are realised within partnerships ranging from local to international levels. We support the institutional development or our partners, because we are convinced that strong institutions are crucial for the further development of the organic sector.
- Advisory work: We provide technical advice on production and post-harvest practices, on standards compliance, on project feasibility, etc.
- Knowledge transfer: We openly share our findings and knowledge through scientific articles and conference papers, trainings and the production of learning materials designed for practitioners. We make sure to involve local scientists, advisors and students in our project work.
- Policy and sector engagement: We actively collaborate with policy and relevant sector stakeholders.
Amritbir S. Riar