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Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability in Sweden

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Agricultural innovation in Sweden has sought to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the agri-food sector by ensuring a high level of environmental and animal welfare standards, while raising the productivity and financial viability of farms. The policies enacted to date have contributed to a high level of consumer confidence in the quality and methods of food production, but challenges remain. These include adapting new technologies that will further strengthen the high environmental, animal welfare and food standards within a more balanced regional and open trading system. In view of the high production costs in Sweden, there is a need to continue with structural adjustments and better targeted investments in the agri-food sector, as well as to improve the level of interactions between research institutions and farmers to ensure that innovative techniques are adopted by all participants.

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Agricultural policy in Sweden

This chapter provides an overview of the agricultural policy framework and instruments, focusing on European Union (EU) Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and national (non-EU) measures, and their implementation in Sweden. Particular attention is paid to measures related to knowledge generation, knowledge transfer and innovation. Finally, there is a discussion of the likely policy impact of agricultural policies on innovation, productivity growth and sustainability performance.

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