In Switzerland dry grasslands belong to the endangered biotopes. As a part of the federal inventory of dry grasslands of national importance, this project dealt with the question which factors influence the farmers’ decision to sign a management contract for dry grassland. The results show that apart from financial reasons several other factors are relevant. These factors cannot be ranked because every single farmer places the importance differently. However it is obvious that the relevance of a factor strongly depends on the kind of production the farm is set up for.
Despite the current challenges of e.g. the war in Ukraine and climate change, the Swiss food sector is relatively resilient. This is the conclusion reached by Agroscope’s report on behalf of the Swiss Federal Office for National Economic Supply.
The pandemic has influenced not only our everyday life but also our behaviour. Agroscope looked at which population groups and behaviours experienced or underwent particularly significant changes, and what this means for our health.
Swiss dairy farms are more strongly affected by structural change than other farm types. An analysis of the farms exiting the sector or switching focus highlights influencing factors.