Although the national research programme NRP48 “Landscapes and Habitats of the Alps” dealt intensively with the Swiss mountain area, rather less research had been devoted to the alpine pastures. Therefore, many open questions remained in this area.In a preliminary study, stakeholder interviews allowed identifying the standard of knowledge, current challenges for alpine pastures and open research questions. The results of this study help to focus the four year AlpFUTUR compound project on the needs of practice and politics.
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.