Using agricultural and work-economics models, we develop decision-making bases for policy-makers to ena-ble the creation of an optimal framework for a competitive and multifunctional Swiss agricultural sector. Strengths and weaknesses in the production of Swiss foods are analysed to determine the strategic success positions of the Swiss agriculture and food sector.
Regular collection and analysis of accounting data allows us to identify promising farm strategies and to de-termine the costs and benefits of various measures at individual-farm, farm-activity and production-process level. Recommendations for practitioners and policy-makers make an important contribution to a competitive Swiss agricultural sector.
Sensor-controlled, automated processes and so-called ‘smart farming’ systems increasingly supplement conventional mechanisation in agriculture, serving to optimise production systems and quality assurance. The intention is to refine these new technologies, and analyse their benefit for small-scale Swiss farms.