Bern University of Applied Sciences; School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL

Member image

The School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL is a center that offers Bachelor and Master degree courses, conducts applied research and provides consulting services. Judicious use of water resources is a key subject in all three HAFL domains – agriculture, forestry and food industry –, whereby the efficient and productive use of water in and for agriculture receives particular attention. Besides training students in the rational utilization and management of water, we plan and evaluate projects (incl. CBA) and provide support in all areas relating to water in/for agriculture. In our applied research we develop tools and practices for an efficient and productive use of water in agriculture.


  • Nothing found.


Thematic expertise

Integrated Water Resources Management

  • Watershed & land management (basin/local level, participatory/multi-stakeholder planning)
  • Data collection and modelling (GIS, hydrology, etc.)

Water for food

  • Irrigation techniques (e.g. efficiency of irrigation technologies)
  • Operation and maintenance of infrastructure (soft aspects)
  • Supply chains & commercialization
  • Other

Water for nature

  • DRR (flood management/ drought)

Water and climate change

  • Adaptation
  • Mitigation

Geographic expertise

Contact Person

Christoph Studer -


  • RISE (Response-Inducing Sustainability Evaluation)

    RISE is an indicator-based method for holistic sustainability assessment of agricultural production at farm level, attempting to make sustainability better measurable, communicable and tangible. The RISE analysis depicts ecological, economic and social aspects of the sustainability of agricultural production on the basis of 10 indicators, which are calculated from 50 parameters. Since 2000, RISE has […]
    Read more
  • Water efficiency studies for the Fairtrade Water Project

    The project aims at increasing income and stability of agricultural production (i.e. decreasing poverty and risk) through water-efficient practices, where rational by including small-scale irrigation. A tool is being developed for small-scale farmers that allows optimizing farming operations (in terms of income and water productivity), considering both options under rainfed and small-scale irrigated cropping. Besides […]
    Read more