in ecological and landscape conservation programmes and the recompense of all production factors used on the farms is investigated using full-cost calculations. Accountancy data and an allocation of the overhead costs using keys based on the composition of a farm’s gross output constitute the underlying data of the study. The analytical value-added of the full-cost calculation undertaken proves to be limited in comparison to conventional profitability analyses. Nevertheless, it can be shown that the level of participation in the ‘low-intensity meadows’ and ‘grassland- based milk and meat production’ programmes has no clear-cut influence on the degree of full-cost coverage; rather, it is other factors such as the size or altitude of a farm that are crucial. Participation in these programmes leads neither to the creation of a distinct and high economic rent (compensation without a quid pro quo), nor to its opposite, i. e. a systematic economic disadvantage. Consequently, and from the perspective of sustainable policy design, no fundamental problems have been identified by the analyses conducted.
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.