The best 17 % of Swiss farms were able to match Baden-Württemberg in respect of total productivity; the proportion for net labour productivity was around one quarter. This is the result of a study aiming at determining the position of Swiss agriculture in an international comparison of productivity. As the climatic and topographic conditions of the regions compared are similar, it is clear that Swiss agriculture has a potential for productivity improvement. An analysis was made on the basis of data from the Swiss Farm Accountancy Data Network and the EU Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN). Baden-Württemberg was selected as the comparison region, since the topographic and climatic conditions in this region are most comparable with conditions in Switzerland. Baden-Württemberg’s accountancy figures were adjusted to Swiss price and direct payment conditions in order to take account of the differences in the agricultural policies of Switzerland and the German federal state. The comparison was based on the two key productivity figures, total productivity and labour productivity.
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.