A motion on extending the direct payments system demands that such payments be used in a more targeted fashion. The Federal Council is to submit a report to parliament on this subject by 2009. The report is to include an analysis of the current situation as well as proposals for extending the system. Targeted payments would require a certain degree of clarity concerning the aims. The first step has been to analyse the aims as set out in the Swiss constitution. This article explains the progress made so far.
How do farmers experience social sustainability on their farms? As an Agroscope study shows, this depends on farmers’ identities and farm types.
Cheese stands out as one of the main Swiss agricultural trade offensive interests. Outside the EU, the USA are an important export destination. The CAPRI model allows to assess the impact of a free trade agreement for cheese between the USA and CH.
Policies to reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions are more effective and more efficient if they are set at the regional level and not at the level of individual farms. This can help achieve climate targets.