OECD Review of Agricultural Policies: Switzerland 2015

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This report examines agricultural policies in Switzerland and makes recommendations concerning the role of regulations, reducing trade barriers and export subsidies, reducing direct payments to farmers and increasing incentives to produce high quality products at competitive prices, implementing regionally differentiated policies, and addressing sustainability of resources and animal welfare.

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Executive summary

Agriculture plays a relatively minor and declining role in the Swiss economy, its share in gross domestic product is below 1% and the share in employment is around 4%. But the sector is perceived as an important element in maintaining food security, and as a provider of positive externalities such as environmental benefits and maintenance of cultural landscapes, which are highly valued by Swiss society. Much, but not all, of Swiss farming occurs in difficult natural circumstances.

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