Summer pasturing payments are provided with the aim of ensuring the management and maintenance of summer grazing pastures. Calculations performed with the SILAS sector model show that these payments contribute decisively to transhumance, and hence to the management and maintenance of alpine pastures. Nevertheless, they cannot halt the trend of declining summer grazing of alpine pastures until the year 2011. In order to ensure transhumance at the current level, a substantial increase in payments would in fact be necessary.
The agricultural sector as an aggregate proved resilient to the COVID-19 shock. But how did it impact agribusiness firms within the sector? Using the Swiss case, we provide the first set of evidence on how agri-food importing firms survived the pandemic economically.
Agricultural economics research uses a multitude of methods and approaches to assess existing and new policy measures. This is the basis for agricultural policy that demonstrably makes a difference, i.e. is evidence-based.
Agroscope studied the changes in the agricultural sector over the past twenty years in three Swiss regions and compared them with the visions of three associations: Avenir Suisse, the Schweizer Bauernverband and Landwirtschaft mit Zukunft.