Alpine summer farming shapes the cultural landscape in the Alps. Since this form of agriculture still has a very traditional appearance, a high cultural value and identityforming aspects are attributed to alpine farming. To investigate which functions of alpine farming are valued by different stakeholders and to what extent alpine farming is identity-forming, questionnaire surveys with tourists as well as residents of the AlpFUTUR case-study area Diemtigtal and a Swiss-wide online-survey have been conducted. The production function of alpine farming as well as landscape management, especially for the conservation of species diversity and for recreation, received high importance ratings, whereas alp-touristic offers are slightly less important. Mountain residents put more importance on all functions of alpine farming and identify themselves more strongly with alpine farming. This study offers a basis for society-oriented landscape quality payments, which will be introduced in the alpine pasturing area as well.
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.