Prof. Dr. Gurbir Singh Bhullar


Prof. Dr. Gurbir Singh Bhullar Prof. of Sustainable Agroecosystems

  • Address Berner Fachhochschule
    School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL
    Fachbereich Agronomie
    Länggasse 85
    3052 Zollikofen


  • Teaching and supervision

  • Research

  • Consultancy


  • Farming Systems in Developing and Transition Countries

  • Crop Production and Natural Resources in the Global Context

  • How Do We Feed 9 Billion People?

  • Trends in Agronomy


  • Agroecology and organic agriculture

  • Sustainable agroecosystem management

  • Climate change mitigation

  • Rural livelihood improvement

  • Transdisciplinary and Participatory approaches for technology development

  • Capacity development, training and dissemination

  • Games for capacity development


  • 02/2022 - Professor of Sustainable Agroecosystems BFH-HAFL, Switzerland
  • 02/2021 – 01/2022 Senior Scientist in Tropical Agroecosystems BFH-HAFL, Switzerland
  • 04/2013 – 01/2021 Senior Scientist, Program leader – Log-term farming systems research in the tropics (SysCom) Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland
  • 01/2011 – 03/2013 Post-doctoral Scientist ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • 04/2007 – 12/2010 Doctoral Researcher ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • 12/2004 – 12/2006 Senior Technical Consultant Maxgrow pvt. Ltd., India
  • 05/2007 – 02/2011 Doctor of Sciences in Plant Ecology ETH Zürich - Department of Environmental Systems Science
  • 08/2002 – 12/2004 Masters (M.Sc.) in Agronomy Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India
  • 06/1998 – 07/2002 B.Sc. Agricultural Sciences Guru Nanak Dev University - Khalsa College Amritsar, India



  • Bhullar G.S., Bautze, D., Adamtey, N., Armengot, L., Cicek, H., Goldmann, E., Riar, A., Rüegg, J., Schneider, M. and Huber, B. (2021) What is the contribution of organic agriculture to sustainable development? A synthesis of twelve years (2007-2019) of the “long-term farming systems comparisons in the tropics (SysCom)”. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Department of International Cooperation, Frick, Switzerland

  • Adamtey, N., Musyoka, M.W., Zundel, C., Cobo, J.G., Edward, K., Fiaboe, K.M., Muriuki, A.W., Mucheru-Muna, M.W., Vanlauwe, B., Berset, E., Messmer, M., Gattinger, A., Bhullar, G.S., Cadisch, G., Fliessbach, A., Mäder, P., Niggli, U., and Foster, D., (2016) Productivity, profitability and partial nutrient balance in maize-based conventional and organic farming systems in Kenya. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 235: 61–79. Doi:10.1016/j.agee.2016.10.001

  • Andres, C., Mandloi L.S. and *Bhullar, G.S. (2016) Sustaining the supply of White Gold: The case of SysCom innovation platforms in India. Dror, I., Cadilhon, J-J., Schut, M., Misiko. M., and Maheshwari, S. (Eds.) Innovation Platforms for Agricultural Development: Evaluating the mature innovation platforms landscape. Routledge, UK


The SFIAR Team Award 2019, by the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) for the project “Long-term farming systems comparisons in the tropics - What is the contribution of organic agriculture to sustainable development?”

In recognition of the work on ‘A novel cropping system for climate neutral and bio-diverse rice farming’, conducted at ETH Zürich

Graduate Scholar Award for presentation in Climate Change Conference 2010, at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Language skills and intercultural knowledge

  • English - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • German - Limited working proficiency
  • Hindi - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • Panjabi - Native or bilingual proficiency
  • India
  • Philippines
  • Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Kenya
  • Indonesia