The Swiss farming sector is a good example of an agricultural system that creates a number of non-market goods in addition to producing food. The ‘Socioeconomics’ Research Group takes up where social factors are affected in addition to ecological ones. A main focus here is the creation of a comprehensive understanding of agricultural work, which has numerous facets, ranging from the demands made on the family workforce, to the working conditions for outside labour, all the way to new developments such as solidarity-based agricultural initiatives.

Within the context of transformation research, Agroscope deals with changes in the agricultural profession, both in terms of society‘s changing demands and digitalisation. The Group also makes key work economics figures available in the form of online applications such as LabourScope. Producers use these data to calculate working-time requirement as well as for farm planning and development, for example, in order to compare existing technologies with smart farming technologies.

Socioeconomics at Agroscope

  • Incorporates social and economic factors in targeted sustainability analyses, and
  • deals with conflicts in the use of agricultural resources and ways to resolve them.
  • The work analysis focuses both on the calculation of working-time requirement and on the analysis of workload and working conditions for agricultural workforces.



Work Budget

Agroscope’s ART Work Budget is the efficient planning tool for workforce and machinery use on farms.



LabourScope is a specialised app for calculating the working-time requirement of work and production processes on the farm. This tool contains a work budget and key labour-economics figures for field work and work in animal housing, as well as for activities in the farm household.