Agroscope, Institute for Plant Production Sciences IPS, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland

Agro-economic research as decision support

The FAT’s agro-economic research is focused on analyses, calculations and prognosis helping the farmers, agricultural advisors and agricultural policy in their decision-making processes. Any decision support is an intensive dialogue between the advisors and the decision-makers. The quantitative methods used depend on the specific problems. Agro-political measures in particular must be assessed according to economic, social and ecological criteria. The methodological development in Europe goes from huge global models towards combinations of specific models.

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