Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

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Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
(in German) Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau
(in French) Institut de recherche de l'agriculture biologique
(in Italian) Istituto di ricerche dell’agricoltura biologica
Motto Excellence for sustainability
Established 1973; 45 years ago (1973)
Research type Applied research
Field of research
Organic agriculture
Staff 175 (Switzerland)
30 (Germany)
18 (Austria)
Location Frick, Switzerland (main)

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (German: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, in short: FiBL), is one of the world's leading organic farming information and research centres. As an independent and non-profit organization, it promotes research and projects that help farmers improve their productivity with consideration of environmental and health impacts.

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture is located in Frick, Switzerland with branches in Germany and Austria (and projects world-wide). Currently, the Swiss centre employs about 175 people.


The Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (FiBL) was founded in Switzerland in 1973 by a group of organic farmers and scientists who wanted to promote the growth of the organic farming industry. At the time, the organic movement was still in its initial stages. The founders of FiBL wanted to create a foundation that was exclusively developed to disseminating information and practical advice to farmers who wanted to depart from conventional practices.[1][2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Niggli, Urs (2007). "Chapter 14: FiBL and Organic Research in Switzerland". In Lockeretz, William. Organic Farming: An International History. Cabi Intl. p. 242. ISBN 978-0-851-99833-6. 
  2. ^ Moser, Peter(1994): Der Stand der Bauern. Bäuerliche Politik, Wirtschaft und Kultur gestern und heute. Huber, Frauenfeld. Information is available at

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