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FiBL Europe has a new president

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Jürn Sanders of FiBL Europe
Jürn Sanders is an an expert on the politics and economics of organic agriculture. Picture © FiBL / Andreas Basler

As of last week, Jürn Sanders is leading the fortunes of FiBL Europe. The agronomist, political scientist and economist has been advising the EU Commission and various national and regional governments on agricultural and food policy since 2007.

Jürn Sanders has headed FiBL Europe since June 14. He took over as president from Beate Huber and will lead the institute that represents the national offshoots of the FiBL Group at the European level. Huber moved to the directorate of FiBL Switzerland after two years as president, the research institute announced.

As an expert on the politics and economics of organic agriculture, Jürn Sanders has been advising the EU Commission and various national and regional governments on their agricultural and food policies since 2007. Having already worked at FiBL Switzerland for ten years from 2001 to 2010, Sanders returned to FiBL in early 2022 as head of the Department of Socioeconomics. In between, he headed the "Environment and Sustainability" research group at the Thünen Institute for Business Administration in Germany from 2007 to 2021.

"I am very much looking forward to this responsible task," Sanders said. "We may have a decade left to develop the viable solutions for more climate protection and biodiversity conservation. It is therefore all the more important to develop powerful concepts now across Europe and implement them together."

FiBL Europe was founded in 2017 with the aim of representing FiBL Group as the leading research, advisory and development organization for organic agriculture in Brussels. A major concern of the group is to bring the competencies as well as the knowledge that researchers have gained through their many years of work at the various national institutes into European agricultural policy. (mis)


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