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Committee on World Food Security_photo credit: FAO, Alessia Pierdomenico

Dr Matthias Huss (University of Zurich, Department of Informatics) will present the research carried out in Tanzania on the effects of improved on-farm storage on local market prices and farmer’s food security at an official side-event to the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). Participants will learn about recent experiences and innovations in reducing grains post-harvest losses, and the leverage they present in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The CFS is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. The University of Zurich organises this event in collaboration with international key actors engaged in policy, business and development programmes on post-harvest losses, including the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Biovision Foundation, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Rockefeller Foundation, Vestergaard S.A., and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

How reducing post-harvest losses can advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? Side-Event - 12 October – 13:00-14:30  – 44th Plenary Session – Committee on World Food Security

Read more about the project: Food Price Volatility: Political Causes, Effects on Hunger and Poverty, Sustainable Solutions

Human Rights

The University of St. Gallen will host this debate with international organisations, taking place on 18 October 2017. 

An estimated 244 million people currently live outside their country of origin among which voluntary migrants seeking opportunities for a better life and more than 10 million refugees that are forced to leave their countries to escape persecution, war and disasters. Migrants tend to live and work in the shadows and are particularly vulnerable to discrimination, exploitation and marginalization. They are often denied access to fundamental rights such as the right to education or the right to health. While states have a sovereign right to determine conditions of entry and stay in their territories, they have also the obligation to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all individuals. Representatives of international organisations and a NGO will discuss the topic. In addition, the event features the screening of the award winning documentary "Time to Look at Girls".

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Annual Report

The year 2016 has been a year of continuity and change at the same time. The SNIS adapts and changes as its network grows despite fewer resources. The SNIS Annual Report 2016 reflects this spirit and offers a refreshed layout. 
The federal and cantonal authorities decided to continue their support for the next four years. Many researchers in our community welcome this good news since available research funds in international studies have become increasingly precarious.
The continuity has also made possible thanks to the meticulous work of our different internal committees. Jacques Silber, who chaired the SNIS Scientific Committee over several years offers a look behind the scenes and gives some hints for a successful project submission. 
The novelty that has come in 2016 is mainly on an institutional level: The SNIS opened up to include the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and the University of St. Gallen in its decision-making body, in addition to the University of Geneva, the Graduate Institute and the World Trade Institute (University of Bern), whose directors and/or rectors are represented in the SNIS Governing Committee. 
An adaptation to cope with fewer resources has undergone during the past year and the SNIS is functioning with team of three people. We will have to be innovative to maintain and even expand our activities in the future. As for this year: continuity and change will go hand in hand.
SNIS Annual Report

International Geneva Award

The International Geneva Award that prizes three peer reviewed articles in international studies is currently open for submissions. The International Geneva Award has been established to encourage outstanding research scientist to produce publications that are particularly relevant for international organisations. Submitted papers will be assessed by the International Geneva Committee, composed of representatives of international organisations. The three awarded publications will be prized up to CHF 5'000 each. Entrants must be professors or researchers at a post-doctoral level working in a Swiss university at the time of the paper's publication.

Submission deadline: 21 September 2017

view detailed submission criteria and submit a paper 

read more about previous award winners