Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research Award sends the wrong signal!

Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research Award sends the wrong signal!

For the past four years, the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research has presented a “SFIAR Award”. The prize is given to researchers or teams of researchers conducting “new, innovative and results-oriented agricultural research” with the aim of supporting “relevant agricultural research for development”.

This year, the “Cassava Research Team” at the ETH Zurich was awarded the prize for its research into manioc. Genetically modified manioc is the central focus of this research project.

SWISSAID is a member of the informal SFIAR network. The selection of this year’s prize-winning team prompted SWISSAID to publish a critical commentary and therefore to inspire a debate within the SFIAR.

SWISSAID voices of the opinion that the SFIAR’s selection committee did not choose an innovative and future-oriented project. The SFIAR’s decision to honour agricultural research based on gene technology sends the wrong signal, as indicated by

 
This Statement is supported by the following SWISS institutions: 
 
  • Alliance Sud
  • Basler Appell gegen Gentechnologie
  • Bio Suisse
  • Brot für Alle
  • Erklärung von Bern
  • Greenpeace
  • Kleinbauervereinigung VKMB
  • Pro Specie Rara
  • Schweizer Arbeitsgruppe Gentechnologie SAG
  • StopOGM
  • SWISSAID
  • Uniterre
  • Zukunft Säen