Future agricultural policy reforms will be a new challenge for Swiss agriculture. As a result of differences in competitiveness, it is expected that agriculture will be differently affected by a further agricultural liberalisation. In order to be able to conduct a highly differentiated policy impact analysis for specific groups of farms, the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has developed the agricultural sector model CH-FARMIS. The model is based on a representative farm sample of Swiss agriculture. Individual sample farms are merged to farm groups and aggregated to sector accounts by using farm-groups specific weights. The group composition can be flexible changed. This allows a detailed analysis of the impact of alternative policy option, for example, on different farm types, regions or farming-systems.
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.