Swiss cooperation on agricultural research: A tradition with a future
Switzerland’s Federal Constitution pledges a commitment to “the relief of poverty and suffering in the world, respect for human rights and promotion of democracy, the peaceful co-existence between peoples, and the protection of the natural basis for life.”
Towards this undertaking, Switzerland has been a high-profile partner of CGIAR since its founding in 1971. CGIAR and CIAT work closely with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
Switzerland also makes available the scientific and technical resources of a large number of public and private institutions, such as ETH Zurich and Lausanne, the University of Bern, Swiss Tropical Institute, Nestlé, Agroscope, and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture.
SDC’s strategic investments in CIAT over the years have contributed significantly to our mutual goals. SDC’s ongoing investment in the CIAT-coordinated Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) has been especially impactful. As a result of the network’s interventions, more farming families have access to improved bean varieties with strong market appeal, new crop management techniques, micronutrient-rich bean products, and valuable skills and knowledge.
You can read more about the impact of PABRA and other CIAT-SDC collaborations in the latest Swiss Stewardship Report.