During the first project phase, FiBL was able gain support from four different donors interested in learning more about organic and sustainable agricultural production practices in the tropics. Biovision Foundation, Coop Sustainability Fund, Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) jointly fund the different sites and their respective activities.  All donors have expressed interest in committing to the project over the long term and acknowledged the need to follow through with the experiments over 10 to 20 years.

Together with FiBL, the financing partners form a Coordination Committee of Donors (CCD). The CCD takes strategic decisions regarding future plans for the project as a whole, it assures sufficient funding for implementation and it monitors project progress at the level of impact chains.

Biovision Foundation

Biovision Foundation combats hunger and poverty and is committed to the dissemination and application of ecological methods that sustainably improve living conditions in Africa whilst also conserving the environment. Biovision renders "help for self-help" and promotes ecological thought and action in both the North and South.
Biovision partly finances the project 'long-term farming systems comparison in the tropics' being carried out by Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in collaboration with local partners in Kenya, India and Bolivia. Their goal is the widespread application of ecological health promotion and pest control methods.

Biovision Foundation

Coop Sustainability Fund

The Coop Sustainability Fund promotes innovative projects, thereby generating direct benefits for both society and the environment.
Through the Sustainability Fund, Coop invests in projects and also provides them with human resources, valuable partner networks and structures, and communication tools.
Coop demonstrates its awareness in the contribution of animal welfare and the maintenance of biodiversity and healthy soil. Its tools include promotion of organic farming in both Switzerland and abroad.
In cooperation with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Coop Sustainability Fund is supporting the 'long-term farming systems comparison in the tropics' project in Kenya, India and Bolivia. The objective of the project is to promote organic farming and biodiversity.

Coop Sustainability Fund

Liechtenstein Development Service

The Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) is the official development aid of Liechtenstein's government. It works especially in rural regions in the fields of education, health and rural development and gives priority to gender issues, social justice and the environment in all respects.
LED is one of the funders for the 'long-term farming systems comparison in the tropics' project in Kenya, India and Bolivia, whose main objective is to ensure that the potential of organic agriculture is recognised for long-term food security worldwide. The project is being implemented by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), working together with local partners.

Liechtensteinischer Entwicklungsdienst

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The SDC, a division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), is responsible for Switzerland’s international cooperation and development programme. The most important activities of the SDC are as follows: i) Bilateral and multilateral cooperation, ii) Humanitarian aid, through the Humanitarian Aid Department and the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (HA/SHA), iii) Cooperation with Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

SDC helps to strengthen agricultural research for development in the following areas:

  • Assess the potential of organic agricultural farming systems in tropical ecosystems
  • Support the development and scale up of innovative crop improvement technologies that enhance production system productivity.

SDC provides services through direct operations, by co-financing the project 'long-term farming systems comparison in the tropics' of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and its local partners in Kenya, India and Bolivia.

Swiss Development Cooperation SDC

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