This contribution reveals how the agricultural provision of ecosystem services in Switzerland is supported by the agricultural policy making process. Based on the analysis of the agricultural policy reform processes AP 2011 and AP 14–17, the policy network and the policy positions of the individual network actors with respect to a further greening of the agricultural policy are identified. The results reveal the willingness of the actors to strengthen and to support the provision of ecosystem services with targeted direct payments. To secure such payments in the long run, two aspects have to be taken into account: i) the linkage of a further greening of the agricultural policy with concomitant policy changes such as market liberalization or deregulation and ii) the development of the overall economy as well as the budget of the public authorities.
Employment in the agricultural sector is declining in many European countries, especially in livestock farming. Direct payments can counter this trend and lead to the employment of more – especially female – family members on the farm.
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.