The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development.
4 December 2019, 16:15–18:30, ETH Zürich
Farming systems for the future
The contribution of agricultural research for development
Public Award ceremony and discussion organized by SFIAR and hosted by the World Food System Center – ETH Zurich
with keynote by Christian Frutiger (Ambassador, Assistant Director General, Head of Global Cooperation Department, SDC), presentations by the SFIAR Award winners 2019 and panel discussion
Program and registration form available by end of October
Master Thesis Award
Janine Steinmann for her thesis “Effect of Natural and Mucuna pruriens fallow on soil properties and crop performance in Dioscorea alata (water yam) based systems in Liliyo and Tieningboué (Côte d’Ivoire) and Léo (Burkina Faso)” submitted at ETH Zürich
YAMSYS Project Website
The team from MeteoSwiss, SENAMHI Peru, SDC, WMO and other partners won the SFIAR Team Award for their project “Climandes – User-tailored Climate Services for the Andean Region” (top photo: Bettina Durrer, Andrea van der Elst, Sara De Ventura (all MeteoSwiss), Mario Rohrer (Meteodat), Moritz Flubacher (MeteoSwiss)).
Sebastian Mengel of BFH-HAFL won the SFIAR Master Thesis Award for his work “Agricultural livelihoods of rural youth in the drylands of Midelt, Morocco: An assessment of realities, viewpoints, challenges, opportunities and aspirations” (bottom photo: SFIAR president Yuan Zhou with Sebastian Mengel).
Award Ceremony: Smallholders – Big Actors? Including farmers’ perspectives in Agricultural Research for Development (11 December 2017, BFH-HAFL, Zollikofen)
Keynote by Dr. Anja Christinck
Project presentation Climandes by Moritz Flubacher
Project presentation Rural Youth in Morocco by Sebastian Mengel
Press release [German version]
MeteoSwiss, SENAMHI Peru et al.: Climandes
Photos from research project
Project Website (MeteoSwiss)
Project Website (SENAMHI Peru)
Video on Climandes Pilot Study
Sebastian Mengel: Agricultural livelihoods of rural youth in Morocco
Photos from research project
Article in Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 871
Video by YPARD
Video by CGIAR Research Program on Dryland System
SFIAR Project Showcase
Winners of SFIAR Award 2015
Winners of SFIAR Award 2014
Winner of SFIAR Master Thesis Award 2013
Christian Andres, formerly student at ETH Zurich and currently working at FiBL, has won the SFIAR Master Thesis Award 2013 for his submission: “Fertilization of Dioscorea rotundata with poultry manure: effects on nutrient dynamics and nutrient use efficiencies”
Winner of SFIAR Award 2012
Dr. Sabine Douxchamps, formerly employed at ETH Zurich and currently working for the CGIAR, has won the SFIAR Award 2012 for her submission:
“Integration of Canavalia brasiliensis into the crop-livestock system of the Nicaraguan hillsides: environmental adaptation and nitrogen dynamics”
The Cassava Research Team, led by Dr Hervé Vanderschuren of ETH Zurich has won the SFIAR Award 2011 for their submission: „Cassava research – Technology transfer and capacity building: Making tropical crop technologies available where it can have an impact”
Press release: English | German PDF, 365kb
Short description of awarded Project PDF, 368kb
Laudatio SFIAR Award 2011, given at Award ceremony PDF, 91kb
The award ceremony was held at the World Food Day Symposium “Food Price Volatility and Food Security” organized by BLW / SDC on 11 October 2011 in Bern
Click on the below links for high-res versions; from left to right:
Dr. Lian Pin Koh (ETH) has won the SFIAR Award 2010 for his project “A spatially-explicit scenario analysis for reconciling agricultural expansion, forest protection, and carbon conservation in Indonesia”.
Prof. Silvia Dorn (ETH) working with Dr. Cesar Cardona of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia and Drs. Ine Schmale, Guido Velten and Anja Rott at ETH Zürich, have won the SFIAR Award 2009 for their project “Preventing post-harvest losses by a combination of a parasitoid and host plant resistance in dry beans”.
Christoph Studer and team from the Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL) have won the SFIAR Award 2008 for their project “Response-Inducing Sustainability Evaluation (RISE) – Improving the Sustainability of Agricultural Production”.