Organic Production Systems for Global Food Security

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ZOMM field trial  
Syscom field experiment (India) for ZOMM research project

The World Food System Center established a research program on Organic and Agroecological Systems for Food Security in partnership with the Mercator Foundation Switzerland.

The program aims to explore aims to explore the role and potential of organic production systems (certified or non-certified) to contribute to global food security.

The program supports PhD research projects supervised by WFSC members, in collaboration with partners from different disciplines. The ten-year program is structured around annual calls, with the first call launched in 2011. The program typically supports two new PhD students each year.

Funded Projects

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Ecological intensification of organic rooibos cultivation

Ecological intensification of organic rooibos cultivation in South Africa  (EcoInt)

Year Started: 2016

Principal Investigator: Dr. Hannes Gamper (Plant Nutrition)

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Global organic agriculture: Challenges and opportunities

Global Organic Agriculture: Challenges and opportunities (GOA)

Year Started: 2016

Principal Investigator: Dr. Stephan Pfister (Ecological Systems Design)

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Nitrified urine as fertilizer

Nitrified Urine as Fertilizer: A trans-disciplinary approach to solutions-oriented community development (NUFSOC)

Year Started: 2016

Principal Investigator: Prof. Johan Six (Sustainable Agroecosystems)

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Improving disease resistance of pea

Improving disease resistance of pea through selection at the plant-soil interface (ResPEAct)

Year Started: 2016

Principal Investigator: Prof. Bruno Studer (Forage Crop Genetics)

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Organic management of soil fertility in sweet potato systems for nutrition security

Towards nutritional security through organic management of soil fertility in orange-fleshed sweet potato systems (ORMASP)

Year Started: 2015

Principal Investigator: Prof. Johan Six (Sustainable Agroecosystems)

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Extensive grazing on subalpine pastures

Extensive grazing on subalpine pastures: Integrating biodiversity and the production of meat with special quality (EG4BM)

Year Started: 2015

Principal Investigator: Prof. Andreas Lüscher (Forage Production and Grassland Systems)

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Integrated organic farming systems in Switzerland

A comprehensive examination of nitrogen cycling and microbial communities within soil microenvironments in integrated organic farming systems in Switzerland (NORGS)

Year Started: 2014

Principal Investigator: Prof. Johan Six (Sustainable Agroecosystems)

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Zinc biofortification of wheat

Zinc biofortification of wheat through organic matter management in sustainable agriculture (ZOMM)

Year Started: 2013

Principal Investigators: Prof. Rainer Schulin (Soil Protection) and Prof. Emmanuel Frossard (Plant Nutrition)

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Greenhouse gas emissions of dairy production systems

Greenhouse gas emissions of dairy production systems based on longevity and zero-concentrate strategy as compared to conventional systems (LLC)

Year Started: 2012

Principal Investigator: Prof. Michael Kreuzer (Animal Nutrition)

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Trade-offs in coffee agroforestry

Managing trade-offs in coffee agroforests (MOCA)

Project Started: 2012

Principal Investigator: Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul (Ecosystem Management)

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