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.


Executive summary

Since joining the European Union (EU) in 1995, Sweden has promoted EU and domestic agricultural policy reforms to move towards a more market-oriented and sustainable agricultural system. These policies are aimed at achieving high levels of environmental performance and animal welfare while also ensuring high productivity and financial viability for farmers, and lowering government expenditures. Over the years, these policies have led to a high level of confidence by Swedish consumers and citizens in the overall performance of their agricultural and food system.


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