BFH-HAFL gets its first institute
The interdisciplinary HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute will focus on promoting sustainability on smallholdings in developing and emerging countries.
It will address a wide range of issues, from afforestation in Africa to value chains in South Asia and coffee growing in Latin America. The institute, which sees itself as an interdisciplinary centre of competence, brings together some 50 researchers and members of staff from all HAFL specialisms. Dominique Guenat, Professor of Agricultural Economics at BFH-HAFL, will be director of the institute.
The institute is named after Hugo P. Cecchini, a former student and long-standing member of staff at BFH-HAFL. His life exemplifies the values and goals of the new institute: sustainability, cultural diversity and interdisciplinary collaboration.