The Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference tooks place on 29th June in Bern. Topics of the conference were food security and urban development in Africa. The goal of the conference was to inform the general public about Swiss development cooperation and its commitment to food security and urban development in Africa. The SysCom team was present with a stall to showcase the results from SysCom Kenya.
On 8th November, the pre-conference "Accelerating innovation - the role of science, policy and practice" took place as part of the Organic World Congress in Dehli, India. The pre-conference was organized by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM - Organics International. The main objective of this event was to offer a common platform for dialogue between science, policy and practice to initiate the development of scientifically informed policy for practice oriented solutions. The SysCom scientist Dr. Gurbir S. Bhullar and Amrit Riar were part of the organizers and also presented results from the SysCom trials.
The SysCom team was hosting two session at the ICRD conference in Bern, which was organised between the 5th - 8th September at the University of Bern. The title of one session was "Organic farming for improved livelihoods, health and food security in tropical smallholder farming communities" and aims to provide evidence that organic farming and agroforestry systems can improve livelihood and food security. This will was addressed from the point of view of the productivity, profitability, sustainability, ecosystem services and social learning aspects and how these components interact and influence the livelihoods and welfare of smallholder farming communities in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) Switzerland together with the Kenyan partners, Institute of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), the School of Environmental Studies of Kenyatta University (KU), Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF), Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) and the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of CIAT (TSBF-CIAT) have organized a stakeholders’ workshop on the 28th June 2016 at KARLO-Kandara Center, Kenya. The objective of the workshop was to share the outcome of the research conducted in the last nine years with relevant stakeholders. National politicians, donors, farmers, journalists, researchers, students, agro-chemical dealers, and others attended the workshop. The main activities of the workshop include oral and poster presentations on the first-six year results and student studies (see Publications). In addition, there was a guided field visit to the trial sites in Thika (28th June) and Chuka (30th June).
With an objective of further developing the capacities of the research staff and fostering learning through mutual exchange, we organized a North-South learning event at FiBL during the last week of August 2014. The participants from our partner countries (Kenya India and Bolivia) joined this event and stayed with us for one week from 23. - 31. August. This event provided, for the first time, an opportunity of mutual learning and sharing among the teams located in geographically distant SysCom countries. Besides the training sessions on new research methodologies, technical tools, data management, quality control and reporting, a specific emphasis was laid on participatory research methodologies. A video documentation of the event can be seen by clicking on the picture on the right. For further information: "Research to enhance the sustainability of agricultural systems" (Brief report) - 354 KB
Dr. Gurbir Singh Bhullar, from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland discusses how Participatory On-farm Research (POR) is able to provide solutions that are tailored to individual contexts and problems. The interview was recorded in occasion of the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, held at FAO HQ in Rome on 18-19 September 2014.