Society’s demand for multifunctional benefits is the basis of direct payments in Swiss agricultural policy. However, societal demand changes over time. Therefore this explorative study tries to evaluate future demand for landscape benefits in different Swiss regions. The results of the expert survey show that demand can be differentiated into production-, recreation-, and ecological orientated regions. Hence spatially different strategies for farmers, associations and agricultural policies are necessary.
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.