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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
Research description
Project Photos
YAMSYS Project Website

Janine Steinmann
TOP: SFIAR President Yuan Zhou with PhD/PostDoc Award winner Wilma Blaser, BOTTOM: SFIAR Master Thesis Award Winner Lydia Afriyie-Kraft with SFIAR President Yuan Zhou
SFIAR Award Winners 2017

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
Program flyer
Press release  [German version]

MeteoSwiss, SENAMHI Peru et al.: Climandes
Research summary
Photos from research project
Project Factsheet
Project Poster
Project Website (MeteoSwiss)
Project Website (SENAMHI Peru)
Video on Climandes Pilot Study

Sebastian Mengel: Agricultural livelihoods of rural youth in Morocco
Research summary
Project poster
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 2015: Madeleine Kaufmann (far left) and Zerihun Tadele (far right) and his team

Winners of SFIAR Award 2014

Winners of SFIAR Award 2014: Gurbir Singh Bhullar (top) and Angela Deppeler (bottom left)

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”

Christian AndresChristian Andres at a presentation of his master thesis on the Tropentag conference 2013, University of Hohenheim, Germany

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”

SFIAR Award Ceremony 2012SFIAR Award winner Dr. Sabine Douxchamps and SFIAR President Dr. Manfred Kaufmann

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

Award ceremony
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

Media coverage
ETH Life (german)
Landwirtschaftlicher Informationsdienst LID (german)


Photos Cassava Research

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”.

SFIAR Award Ceremony 2010left: Dr. Lian Pin Koh / right: Dr. Padruot Fried (SFIAR President)

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”.

SFIAR Award Ceremony 2009

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”.

SFIAR Award Ceremony 2008

Press release: English| German | French  PDF, 300kb

Award ceremony
The award ceremony was held at the conference “How to ensure food security today and tomorrow?” at ETH Zurich on 12 December 2008


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