In addition to providing other multifunctional services, Swiss agriculture contributes to assuring that the population is supplied with foodstuffs. In the event of a crisis, supplies do not depend primarily on domestic production, but on the foodstuffs available in the mandatory stockpiles and the supply chain. However, the maintenance of production potential is essential for medium- and long-term assurance. Under today’s basic conditions, long-term food security is assured. On the other hand, given the assumption that inland production is exposed to world market conditions, supply security deteriorates noticeably compared to the current situation.
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.