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ECON'ENTAL - Learning from the best: a benchmarking approach to the improvement of the economic and environmental sustainability of Swiss dairy farms

English title ECON'ENTAL - Learning from the best: a benchmarking approach to the improvement of the economic and environmental sustainability of Swiss dairy farms
Applicant Jan Pierrick
Number 145173
Funding scheme NRP 69 Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production
Research institution Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART Forschungsbereich Agrarökonomie und Agrartec Forschungsgruppe Betriebswirtschaft
Institution of higher education Research Institutes Agroscope - AGS
Main discipline Science of management
Start/End 01.01.2014 - 30.04.2017
Approved amount 219'964.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Science of management
Agricultural Engineering

Keywords (4)

environmental performance; economic performance; benchmarking; dairy farming

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
L’élevage laitier est le secteur le plus important de l’agriculture suisse. Un secteur laitier viable économiquement et respectueux de l’environnement est donc essentiel pour garantir le développement durable de la filière agroalimentaire suisse. Il existe actuellement très peu de connaissances sur la relation entre la performance économique et la performance environnementale de ces exploitations.
Lay summary

Contenu et objectifs du travail de recherche

Notre principal objectif est de contribuer à une meilleure compréhension de la relation entre la performance économique et performance environnementale des exploitations laitières suisses de la région de montagne. Plus précisément, nous souhaitons (i) fournir un cadre de référence pour la mesure de la performance environnementale d’une exploitation agricole (ii) analyser les synergies et les conflits dans la promotion de la performance économique et environnementale des exploitations laitières suisses de la région de montagne, (iii) identifier les pratiques associées avec une bonne performance économique et environnementale et (iv) montrer comment les exploitations peuvent, dans la pratique, améliorer leur performance économique et environnementale et tester la faisabilité de la mise en œuvre de ces recommandations avec les chefs d’exploitation. 

Contexte scientifique et social du projet de recherche

Nos travaux fourniront un cadre de référence pour la mesure de la performance environnementale d’une exploitation agricole et contribueront ainsi à clarifier le flou existant actuellement dans ce domaine. En outre, des connaissances inédites sur la relation entre performance économique et performance environnementale des exploitations laitières seront générées. Ces connaissances seront d’une très grande valeur non seulement pour le milieu agricole et la communauté scientifique mais également pour les décideurs politiques lors de la conception de futures politiques agricoles.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 19.07.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Employees

Publications

Publication
Production intensity in dairy farming and its relationship with farm environmental performance: Empirical evidence from the Swiss alpine area
Jan Pierrick, Repar Nina, Nemecek Thomas, Dux Dunja (2019), Production intensity in dairy farming and its relationship with farm environmental performance: Empirical evidence from the Swiss alpine area, in Livestock Science, 224, 10-19.
Factors Affecting Global versus Local Environmental and Economic Performance of Dairying: A Case Study of Swiss Mountain Farms
Repar Nina, Jan Pierrick, Nemecek Thomas, Dux Dunja, Doluschitz Reiner (2018), Factors Affecting Global versus Local Environmental and Economic Performance of Dairying: A Case Study of Swiss Mountain Farms, in Sustainability, 10(8), 2940-2940.
Implementing farm-level environmental sustainability in environmental performance indicators: a combined global-local approach
Repar Nina, Jan Pierrick, Dux Dunja, Nemecek Thomas, Doluschitz Reiner (2017), Implementing farm-level environmental sustainability in environmental performance indicators: a combined global-local approach, in Journal of Cleaner Production, 140, 692-704.
Local versus global environmental performance of dairying and their link to economic performance: a case study of Swiss mountain farms
Repar Nina, Jan Pierrick, Nemecek Thomas, Dux Dunja, Alig Ceesay Martina, Doluschitz Reiner (2016), Local versus global environmental performance of dairying and their link to economic performance: a case study of Swiss mountain farms, in Sustainability, 8, 1294.
Environmental impact generation in the cradle-to-farm gate link: analysis of the importance of the on-farm versus off-farm stage
Repar Nina, Jan Pierrick, Nemecek Thomas, Dux Dunja, Lips Markus (2016), Environmental impact generation in the cradle-to-farm gate link: analysis of the importance of the on-farm versus off-farm stage, in 10th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food 2016 - Book of Abstracts, DublinUCD School of Biosystems Engineering & UCD Institute of Food and Health, Dublin.
Synergies and trade-offs between local and global farm environmental of dairying: a case study of the Swiss mountain region
Repar Nina, Jan Pierrick, Nemecek Thomas, Dux Dunja (2016), Synergies and trade-offs between local and global farm environmental of dairying: a case study of the Swiss mountain region, in 10th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food 2016 - Book of abstracts, UCD School of Biosystems Engineering & UCD Institute of Food and Health, Dublin.
Synergies and trade-offs between farm local and global environmental performance: a case study of Swiss alpine dairy farms
Repar Nina, Jan Pierrick, Nemecek Thomas, Dux Dunja (2016), Synergies and trade-offs between farm local and global environmental performance: a case study of Swiss alpine dairy farms, in Proceedings of the 26th Conference of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics, Vienna, AustriaAustrian Society of Agricultural Economics, Vienna.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Universität Hohenheim, Institute of Farm Management Germany (Europe)
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Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
172nd Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists Individual talk Production intensity and environmental performance in Swiss alpine dairy farming: how do they relate? 28.05.2019 Brüssel, Belgium Repar Nina; Jan Pierrick;
10th Internation Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food 2016 Poster Environmental impact generation in the cradle-to-farm gate link: analysis of the importance of the on-farm versus off-farm stage 19.10.2016 Dublin, Ireland Repar Nina; Jan Pierrick;
10th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Food 2016 Poster Synergies and trade-offs between local and global farm environmental performance of dairying: a case study of the Swiss mountain region 19.10.2016 Dublin, Ireland Repar Nina; Jan Pierrick;
26th Annual Conference of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics Talk given at a conference Synergies and trade-offs between farm local and global environmental performance: a case study of Swiss alpine dairy farms 15.09.2016 Vienna, Austria Repar Nina; Jan Pierrick;
Kolloquium des Agroeconet - Netzwerk Agrarökonomische Forschung Schweiz Individual talk Local vs. global farm environmental performance and their link to farm economic performance. A case study of the Swiss mountain region 14.01.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Jan Pierrick; Repar Nina;
43rd Annual Conference of the Swiss Society for Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Poster Environmental sustainability at farm level: conceptualizing and implementing farm environmental performance 16.04.2015 Bellinzona, Switzerland Repar Nina; Jan Pierrick;
Kolloquium des Agroeconets - Netzwerk Agrarökonomische Forschung Schweiz Individual talk Environmental sustainability at farm level: Conceptualizing and implementing farm environmental performance 15.01.2015 Zürich, Switzerland Repar Nina; Jan Pierrick;


Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
20th IFCN Dairy Conference - Changing Dairy World: 2000 - 2020 - 2040 Poster 17.06.2019 Berlin, Germany Repar Nina; Jan Pierrick;
9. Ökobilanzplattform Talk 21.09.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Jan Pierrick; Repar Nina;
3. Agroscope-Nachhaltigkeitstagung Talk 21.01.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Jan Pierrick; Repar Nina;
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Joint Seminar between the Working Party on Agricultural Policies and Markets (APM) and the OECD Network for Farm-Level Analysis (FLA) Talk 17.11.2015 Paris, France Repar Nina; Jan Pierrick;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Ökobilanz-Plattform Landwirtschaft: Erfolgsfaktoren für eine nachhaltige Betriebsführung Medienmitteilung des Bundes German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland 2016

Abstract

Dairy farming is the most important sector in Swiss agriculture. An economically viable, environmentally friendly and sustainable dairy farming is therefore essential for guaranteeing the sustainable development of the Swiss agro-food chain. Promoting the economic and environmental performance of the Swiss dairy sector calls for improved know-how at farm level as regards both the determinants of farm economic and environmental performance and the relationship between these two dimensions of the sustainable performance of a farm. The present project aims to: (i) Provide a comprehensive framework for the assessment of environmental performance at farm level;(ii) Investigate in depth the synergies and trade-offs in the promotion of the economic and environmental performance of Swiss dairy farms in the mountain region; (iii) Identify the determinants of, and practices associated with, good economic and environmental performance at farm level;(iv) Demonstrate how farms can improve their economic and environmental performance in practice and test the feasibility of these recommendations with farm managers taking into account the existing path dependency in the development of their farm, as well as the production constraints faced by them.The concept of environmental performance will be further developed and implemented at farm level according to the initial considerations of Jan et al. (2012b), who distinguish between local and global farm environmental performance. These considerations build upon those of Halberg et al. (2005) and Blonk et al. (2010). The project work will be based on a unique and innovative dataset combining both economic and precise and comprehensive environmental (Life Cycle Assessments) data for an unbalanced pooled sample of 56 dairy farms. This dataset will be supplemented with on-farm interviews aiming to contribute to the identification of on-farm practices associated with poor vs. good economic/environmental performance, as well as to test the feasibility of recommendations for improving farm economic and environmental performance.The applicant’s accumulated know-how and experience in farm environmental performance assessment (see Jan et al., 2011; Jan, 2012; Jan et al., 2012a; Jan et al., 2012b), as well as the availability of a unique dataset combining FADN and LCA data for a large sample of dairy farms in the mountain region are the two major strengths of this project for its successful completion. The project will be of benefit for farm managers, farm consultants, policy makers, or other stakeholders such as food processors and retailers, in their endeavour to improve the sustainable performance of the Swiss dairy sector.
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