Reference Projects

Geography of Food Research Group

CONSUS - a tool for agricultural planning

CONSUS is a GIS-tool for efficiently and strategically planning production and procurement processes in the agricultural marketplace. It assesses the suitability of locations worldwide for specific agricultural products based on geographical, climate, soil, socio-economic and political criteria.

Project partners: Geoinformatics Research Group
Project funding: Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
Project duration: 2014 - 2018
More information: CONSUS Projectpage

Eco-balance sheets for agricultural products from South Africa

Which green and clean food production technologies are the most worthwhile in terms of delivering results on eco-balance sheets? This research project attempts to answer this question by producing eco-balance sheets for key South African agricultural products and quantifying the potential for improvement through the use of greentech and cleantech.

Project partners: University of Cape Town, Renewable Energies Research Group (IUNR)
Project funding: SNF SSAJRP
Project duration: 2014 - 2016
More information: Project Profile

Food Industry Export Monitor

Switzerland must look abroad to find growth opportunities for its agricultural commodities. A ZHAW-led collaborative research project has therefore developed an export monitor combining quantitative and qualitative methods in order to estimate sales potentials through to 2025, with a view to providing export-oriented companies with an indication of which markets show the largest growth potential for Swiss foods.

Project partners: Wellershoff & Partners, Federation of Swiss Food Industries (fial), Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE)
Project funding: Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture
Project duration: 2014 - 2015
More information: Web-Monitor

Summer School Geography of Food

The two-week Geography of Food Summer School provides students with an opportunity to take an in-depth look at the topic of sustainability in the food value chain, from production through to consumption. Students from India, Slovenia and Switzerland take part in this challenging programme, which is aimed just as much at promoting intercultural dialogue as at imparting specialist knowledge.

Project partners: University of Agricultural Sciences, India; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland
Project funding: Mercator Foundation Switzerland
Project duration: 2017 - 2019
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