Six farm managers from a fodder-growing area in eastern Switzerland took part in a focus-group interview examining how various forms of collective farming were perceived. Although it is not possible to generalise on the statements made at the interview, a number of illuminating attitudes and thought patterns were discerned: the farm managers viewed the intense collective forms of partial farming collective and farming collective from a number of angles, perceiving advantages and disadvantages in both. Nevertheless, the drawbacks outweighed the benefits, and it is becoming clear that neither form of collective represents an obvious choice for the farm managers, or is supported by the social environment.
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.