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Projects at the Geography of Food Research Group

Ongoing projects

Standortanalyse Rebbau in den Kantonen Aargau, Bern und Zug

Climate change is expected to alter the suitability of grape varieties for cultivation. The future climate must be taken into account when planting new vineyards. To support this decision-making process, we are investigating the suitability of different grape varieties for cultivation under current and future climatic conditions using a high-resolution heat sum index.

ZirkuLAr, alles klar!

Circular thinking is a means to more sustainable systems. In this project, we are developing a serious game and supplementary teaching material for use in basic agricultural education. The game offers learners a positive and abordable introduction to circular economy in the agri-food system. The supplementary teaching material serves to integrate, deepen and reflect on the concepts developed in the game.

PRE Wädenswil

The Regional Development Project (PRE) Wädenswil examines how resource-conserving and sustainable agriculture can be promoted in Wädenswil and how cooperation between agriculture, processing, consumption and research can be strengthened. The aim is to strengthen independence from national sales channels and value creation in the region.

MOVING - Mountain Valorization through Interconnectedness and Green Growth

Europe's mountain regions are facing major challenges and changes. As part of the EU project MOVING, which involves 16 partner institutions from 23 countries, we are investigating in the Grisons mountains which value chains are particularly resilient and how we can learn from regional innovations in a sustainable way.

Selection of completed projects

Cocoa in Numbers - From data to knowledge

The demand for transparent value chains is growing. In the Cocoa in Numbers project, we investigated the socio-economic conditions along the value chain of cocoa from the Alto Beni region (Bolivia). Our data feed into a comprehensive database that combines data on the value chain of cocoa from Alto Beni from different scientific perspectives.

CONSUS - Site suitability modeling for crops

Globalization, climate change, resource scarcity and new eating habits require new concepts in agriculture. For this purpose, we have developed CONSUS as a GIS-based tool for crop suitability analysis, which uses soil and climate data for analysis. CONSUS can also be used to determine climate change impacts on the site suitability of agricultural crops. - An educational game about the Swiss food system

Food is part of our everyday life and yet we are not always aware of the consequences of our consumption decisions. To help young people understand the connections between agriculture, nutrition and the environment, we developed and extensively evaluated the educational game Foodscape in cooperation with the ZHDK.

NOVANIMAL - Innovations in food and nutrition

We eat more and more meat and dairy products. Nutrition-related environmental impacts and health risks are increasing. NOVANIMAL identified innovations along the value chains to reduce the undesirable consequences of the production and consumption of animal foods. It became apparent that there is still great potential, particularly in the catering sector, to make consumption more resource-efficient.

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