The farms recorded in the Swiss Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN) of the FAT were grouped into homogeneous cohorts. Investment behaviour of these cohorts in machinery, residential buildings, farm buildings, and land was attributed to variables related to the farm and to the whole economy. The study showed that of every Franc invested in the farm, eleven Centimes were spent on machinery and eight Centimes on farm buildings. The higher the farm’s equity ratio, the greater the hesitation with regard to investing. Product prices, interest rates, and labour costs all have significant influence on investment behaviour.
Employment in the agricultural sector is declining in many European countries, especially in livestock farming. Direct payments can counter this trend and lead to the employment of more – especially female – family members on the farm.
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.