Research award for the comparison of cultivation systems in Bolivia, India and Kenya
A long-term experiment run by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Bolivia, India and Kenya shows that organic farming provides several benefits for small farmers in the tropics. At the beginning of December, the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) awarded the research prize to this experiment at ETH Zurich.
Together with partner institutions, FiBL was able to demonstrate with its long-term experiments that organic farming can be an economically interesting alternative for small farmers due to e.g. a higher income. The SFIAR Research Prize recognises the importance of research results in addressing the negative impacts of climate change among other things. The members of the prize committee also emphasised the innovative and cooperative approach of the experiment and the training of local partners.
The long-term project is financed by the Liechtenstein Development Service (LED), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Coop and Biovision.