The share of part-time farms in Switzerland is low and continues to decrease. This paper attempts to explain this peculiarity. Regressions show that part-time farms do often (have to) concentrate on products with little revenue. Within product lines, farm size plays a dominant role in explaining labour productivity. On the other hand, part-time farms receive higher direct payments per worker than full-time farms, due to their more extensive management. All results support an increased structural change in Swiss agriculture.
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.