In order to gain a better understanding of Care Farming (the provision of social services in farming) and to make better use of existing potential, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART Research Station and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) conducted three workshops with experts from a wide variety of professional fields in 2010. The workshop participants agreed that Care Farming has great potential (additional sideline, expansion of the welfare and health system among other things). Targeted measures, including the following, could help to utilize it better: • more transparency between all participants is required: disclosure of requirements, remuneration, arrangements and responsibilities; • better communication and networking is needed between all those involved in social services; • a central coordination office could be a helpful tool in tapping potential; • the development of a quality assurance system is a central tool; • New forms and simplification of financing models for the social services system would be desirable. The participants agreed on the central importance of the desired high quality of services and the requirement to put the care recipient’s needs first. Organisation of the Care Farming sector is proving to be extremely complex, multilayered and geographically very uneven.
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.