For more than ten years some regional agricultural training and extension centers in cooperation with a college of social studies offer an advanced training on «green care» (caring services at the farm). The regional trainings differ in their duration and in the orientation to one or several focus groups of people to be taken care of – according to the regional context. All offers are striving for the same goal: competency development for a high quality care of «guest persons» in the own family under professional coaching of a recognized organisation. The regional trainings are based on the same values and quality criteria that are stipulated in a commonly formulated Charta. In most of the regions, the graduates started to form quality circles to share and reflect their own experience. From all over Switzerland, the agricultural extension staffs (women) engaged in this training meet annually to coordinate, reflect and further develop the training concept. In several regions of Switzerland, caring services at the farm have evolved into an important element in the puzzle of the farming system. Not only is caring at the farm financially important, it also has a major impact on the daily rhythm and the presence at home of the farming family. Knowledge and learning from experience are the source of this report – reflecting practical experience understood as a special form of research.
Pfister M., Feller S., Stöckli L.
The training programme for farmworkers imparts broad skills to academically weak learners. What chances do they have on the labour market today and in the future and how do they succeed in making the transition to further training?
El Benni N., Ryser U., Rösch M., Mattmann M., Abt F., Paupe L. and Gusset M.
The Swiss agricultural sector currently makes little use of the opportunities offered by digitalisation. A charter launched in 2018 aims to further develop the digitalisation of the Swiss agricultural and food sector and to exploit the potential in the interests of all stakeholders.
Breitenmoser S., Steinger Th., Hiltpold I., Grosjean Y., Nussbaum V., Bussereau F., Klötzli F., Widmer N. and Baux A.
Sowing oilseed rape with other plants reduces damage caused by adult flea beetle, according to a study conducted at Agroscope. This intercropping approach could limit reliance on insecticides and the emergence of resistant pests.