Program info: Farming Systems Comparison in the Tropics

  • Program title: Farming Systems Comparisons in the Tropics (SysCom)
  • Start: 2007
  • Project sites: Bolivia, India, Kenya
  • Implemented by: Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland
  • Main partners: Ecotop S.R.L, Institute of Ecology (University San Andres), PIAF-El Ceibo Foundation, bioRe India Association, Institute of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
  • Funded by: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC),  Liechtenstein Development Service (LED), Coop Sustainability Fund, Biovision Foundation

Farming Systems Comparison in the Tropics (SysCom)

The project "Farming Systems Comparison in the Tropics" (SysCom), implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), aims to establish a scientific basis for discussions on the performance and potential of conventional and organic agricultural production systems in the tropics. It has been running since 2007. In three tropical countries – Bolivia, India and Kenya – long-term farming systems comparison field trials have been established in concert with participatory on-farm research focussing on a different cropping system in each country.