This article provides an overview of the research that has so far been carried out to assess the level of sustainability of Swiss farms. The presented methods were analysed with the aid of defined criteria to examine if they serve the aim of assessing the sustainability of farms on a broad basis. The analysis shows that the two major methods of sustainability assessment in the agricultural sector at micro-level (FAT sustainability indicator and RISE method) meet the majority of the defined criteria but are not necessarily suitable to carry out a large-scale survey. An assessment on a large basis and at low costs would require methodological development. The crucial requirement is that the developed method is able to indicate if the farm has achieved the highest possible contribution to sustainability.
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.