Science and research contribute to sustainable solutions

Two men and a woman measure the size of a maize cob in a field.
In Kenya, researchers are comparing organic and conventional maize cultivation. © Peter Lüthi/Biovision, 2016

Research plays a decisive role in poverty reduction, the transition to sustainable development and the exchange of knowledge. Technological progress is just as relevant as social and political innovations. By sharing their expertise in global networks, scientists at universities, universities for applied sciences and research institutes make a substantial contribution to solving global problems.

Plant doctor: a career of the future

Switzerland supports the training of plant doctors to combat crop losses linked to diseases and pests.   

A new type of stand holder has appeared at markets in rural communities. Sitting at a table with a magnifying glass and photos of diseased vegetables and insect pests, plant doctors advise farmers on their crops. When doctors examine an atrophied root or a deformed fruit, they are able to provide farmers with precise information about the diseases and how to prevent and treat them.

Organic production in the tropics

Can organic farming contribute to food security in the tropics? A research project co-funded by Switzerland has produced promising initial results. 

Can organic agriculture as opposed to conventional cultivation methods also benefit farmers in tropical regions? The Swiss Research Institute of Organic Agriculture is exploring this question together with research institutes from partner countries in Africa and with the support of the SDC.