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.


The economic and institutional environment for entrepreneurship and investment in Sweden

This chapter gives an overview of the performance of the overall economy, the macroeconomic developments and challenges, governance and institutions, and the incentives in Sweden for investment by firms, including farms, input suppliers, and food companies. The overall regulatory system and conditions for investment are described, in particular as they relate to agriculture and the food sector. Trade and investment policies are examined, as are the credit and tax incentives for R&D in the context of new technologies and innovations in the food and agriculture sector.



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