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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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Context and challenges facing the Swedish food and agriculture sector

This chapter outlines the overall economic, social and environmental context in which the food and agriculture sector in Sweden operates, and the natural resource base upon which it relies. It discusses the challenges and opportunities for the sector; describes the natural and economic context; shows the importance of the agricultural sector in the economy; outlines the main structural characteristics of the sector; and analyses the main trends and performance in agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability

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