Fairtrade organic cashew nuts from Benin
Partners: Sunray, gebana AG I Establishment of a direct value chain for organic Fairtrade cashew nuts in Benin by setting up local cashew processing facilities and providing training for farmers in sustainable production methods (2016-2018).
Local water compensation in Morocco
Partners: Aquasis, GiZ | Locally compensating for Coop’s water footprint in Agadir, an important region for sourcing fruits and vegetables, using comprehensive measures for the sustainable use of water (2014–2018).
Cultivating organic seeds
Partners: Sativa Rheinau AG, Getreidezüchtung Peter Kunz | Promoting the cultivation and seed propagation of organic wheat and spelt, and improving nitrogen efficiency along the bread value chain (2003–2021).
Baltic Grassland Beef
Partners: IKI, Bell Schweiz AG, Mutterkuh Schweiz, Estonina ACB Vianco | Establishing production of high-quality grassland beef from suckler cow husbandry in the Baltic region to reduce airfreighted imports from South America (2011–2018).
Ferme pilote de Mapraz
Partner: Agridea | Research on solutions for stockless or low-stock farming in terms of production techniques, profitability and sustainability with the aim of increasing the proportion of local organic products among arable crops (2008–2018).
Sustainable cocoa sourcing in Honduras
Partners: Chocolats Halba, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation | Project on the comprehensive sustainable sourcing of cocoa from Honduras through environmental and social initiatives such as reforestation in the rainforest and training in organic farming (2009–2017).
Cocoa project in Ecuador
Partners: Chocolats Halba, Swisscontact I Preservation of the genetic diversity of Arriba high-quality cocoa through the specific use of domestic high-yield varieties and training for 40 young cocoa farmers as experts in sustainable cocoa farming (2016-2018).
Sustainable rice value chains
Partners: Reismühle Brunnen, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation | Establishing fair, environmentally friendly rice value chains in India and Thailand (2010–2017).
Standard fruit tree project
Partner: Hochstamm Suisse | Maintaining and fostering endangered standard fruit tree orchards as a traditional landscape feature by developing a range of Hochstamm Suisse products and accompanying communication measures (2008–2016).
Pro Specie Rara
Partner: Pro Specie Rara | Promoting traditional Swiss crops and livestock in Coop’s product range by providing support during species selection and optimization, breeding and quality improvement (2003–2015).
Partnership with Slow Food Switzerland aimed at maintaining biological diversity and high-quality, manually refined agricultural products by Swiss Presidi. Supporting the creation of quality assurance processes in product and organizational development (2006–2017).
Partners: WWF, Fair Recycling | Offsetting the carbon emissions generated by airfreight, business travel and Coop@home deliveries via WWF Gold Standard projects and Swiss Charter certificates from a fridge recycling project in Brazil (2007–2020).
WWF Climate Partners
Partner: WWF | Contribution to climate protection by reducing CO2 emissions particularly in the fields of appliances and products, own CO2 emissions and transport/traffic (2006–2019).
WWF Global Forest and Trade Network Switzerland
Partner: WWF | Improving performance and communicating a responsible timber and paper purchasing policy; increasing the proportion of FSC-certified timber and paper sales by introducing innovative products (2006–2019).
Partner: Bio Suisse | Specialist information event for organic farmers, farmers interested in converting their farms, and conventional farmers throughout Switzerland and its neighbouring countries (2012–2017).
Projects with FiBL
Support for organic cotton production in India
Partners: FiBL, Biore Foundation I Further development of organic farming methods and pest control plus development of high-quality organic seed in the Coop Naturaline cotton production area (2015-2018).
Organically tackling citrus greening
Partner: FiBL | Developing effective organic methods of curbing citrus greening disease on organic citrus plantations in Cuba and Mexico (2014–2020).
Soil-conserving and environmentally friendly soil cultivation
Partner: FiBL | Research on dissemination of environmentally friendly and soil-conserving techniques for soil cultivation in organic farming (2009–2017).
Replacement of copper in organic farming
Partner: FiBL | Development of selective, highly effective and economically profitable copper substitutes using components from plants and micro-organisms (2011–2018).
Promotion of beneficial species in vegetable farming
Partner: FiBL | Research on the promotion of beneficial species as an alternative to pesticides in cabbage farming (2015–2017).
Organic soy from Switzerland
Partner: FiBL I Promotion of organic soy production and processing in Switzerland by means of breeding, variety testing, seed propagation through to product development (2016-2018).
Projects in collaboration with ETH Zurich: Research for sustainable food production
Partner: ETH World Food System Center I Each year, the sum of 1 million Swiss francs goes to supporting research into new approaches in the field of resource-efficient food production (2013-2017):
Dairy products as an important source of iodine in the Swiss population: Which factors affect iodine content in milk and processed dairy products? How is iodine best absorbed by humans?
What is the best way to sustainably increase production of organic basmati rice in India?
Smart ventilated packaging for fruit: what type of packaging is best suited to ensuring that food can be kept longer and to avoid having to throw it away?
How can green fodder for livestock husbandry be improved as a sustainable alternative to imported concentrated feed made from soy and maize? ETH Zurich is conducting research into how red clover with a higher content of energy-rich, biodegradable carbohydrates can be bred.
Cocoa plants can absorb the naturally occurring heavy metal cadmium from the soil: Which factors influence the cadmium content in the soil and the cocoa bean, and how can cadmium be reduced?
There are only a few breeds of chickens that are equally suitable for the marketing of both eggs and meat. They are known as dual-purpose chickens. What are the success factors for this type of dual-purpose chicken system?
Buckwheat is very difficult to grow and is rarely grown in Switzerland any more, although it is a healthy alternative to wheat, corn and rice. The research goal: to breed new varieties that are easier to grow.
Which sustainable, microbiological technologies can be used to increase the shelf life of fresh produce?
Establishment of a sustainable value chain for Brazil nuts.
Possibilities for the effective preservation of African leaf vegetables to prevent post-harvest loss and to contribute to a balanced supply of nutrients in African countries.
Evaluating and increasing the resilience of the teff (Ethiopian dwarf millet) and cocoa value chains.