Sustainability advice for your farm

Do you want to run your farm sustainably so that you, your family, your employees and your livestock enjoy a good life while your agricultural production base is maintained?

RISE sustainability consultancy provides an independent and individual analysis of all relevant areas. It helps you to make decisions with a view to long-term profitable, site-appropriate and socially equitable operational development.

Balancing the farm

On a sustainable agricultural holding, ecology, social aspects and economic efficiency are in balance. For you as a farm manager, it is challenging to stay on top of all the important issues and to assess and prioritise them correctly. You need to deal with difficult questions such as:

  • Where is our farm headed? Are we on the right track?
  • Will our holding be economically stable, solvent and profitable in the long run?
  • Will our soils remain fertile in the future?
  • Are the people on the farm motivated and content?

RISE provides you with a systematic overview of your farm’s current situation. All aspects of sustainability are analysed and assessed. Taking into account the farm’s strengths and weaknesses as well as your aspirations and options, suitable development steps and balanced measures are planned together with the consultant.

What are the benefits of RISE sustainability consultancy?

  • You get a detailed overall picture of your farm. 48 indicators provide key performance data for all relevant areas such as solvency, profitability, quality of life, farm management, fertiliser use, soils, and animal welfare.
  • You will receive a workbook and an analysis report.
  • You can use the results for communications with clients and customers.
  • On request, scenario analyses, such as conversion to organic farming, can be calculated for you.
  • If you so wish, your development process can also be further assisted subsequent to the consultancy.

In which situations does RISE bring particularly great benefits?

  • You are faced with decisions for the development of your farm.
  • You are planning major investments.
  • You are planning a farm handover.
  • There are conflicts or or crises.
  • You want to make a stopover to review your situation and develop new ideas.
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Farm managers during the analysis (Photo: Bern 2018, BFH-HAFL)

The RISE consultancy process

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Holdings that participate in a RISE sustainability consultation can make their participation and commitment visible to the public. This is not about communicating the analysis results but rather about demonstrating that the business is committed to sustainable development and acts accordingly. This means (1) that the farm manager, together with RISE consultants, periodically engages with the issues, (2) takes a holistic view of the farm, (3) sets development and/or performance targets based on this information, (4) plans and implements tangible measures and (5) reviews target achievement after a certain period of time. (6) Subsequently, new targets are set, etc.

How much does the RISE consultancy cost?

CHF 800.- incl. VAT. (plus travel expenses) 
We can only offer this discounted price for a limited number of consultations in Switzerland. They are conducted by experienced HAFL staff.

If you are interested in RISE counselling outside of Switzerland, please contact us so that we can find a RISE advisor in your region.

Case study

«Thanks to RISE, I was able to visualise my farming practices and possible improvements. The findings encouraged me to change my farming strategy – an enormous challenge that I would not have been able to meet without the support of RISE. The adjustments brought me great professional satisfaction and a significant growth in turnover.»

Claude-Alain Gebhard, a farmer in Vaux-sur-Morges VD.

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Claude-Alain Gebhard

RISE - Around the globe

Experienced RISE consultants and users are working all over the world. Contact them if you would like to use RISE to advance the sustainability of your farming operation or if you are interested in sharing your experiences.

Berner Fachhochschule BFH, Hochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften HAFL

Länggasse 85
3052 Zollikofen

Christian Thalmann
Veronika Zbinden


Moorberatungsring Bremervörde-Mitte e.V.

27432 Bremervörde

Uwe von Seht



Danish Agriculture & Food Council F.m.b.A.
Innovation Center for Organic Farming
Agro Food Park 15
8200 Aarhus
Cvr. nr 42543799

Conact persons:
Majken Husted
Frank Oudshoorn

+45 8740 5513


Billundvej 3
6500 Vojens
CVR: 47437113

Contact person:
Anne Mette Frueklide

+45 73740000


Jens Terp-Nielsens Vej 13 (hovedkontor)
6200 Aabenraa

Munkehatten 1A th
5220 Odense Sø
CVR nr. 25 16 04 28

Contact person:
Poul Erik Nielsen, Fagansvarlig, økologi

+45 74365075


Slagtekalve Rådgivning ApS
Herningvej 23
7300 Jelling

Contact person:
Niels Dybdahl

+45 7680 1252

Zamorano University

P.O. Box 93, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Central America

Contact persons:
Luis A. Sandoval
Arie Sanders
Denisse Mclean

+504 9792 8920

Facultad de ciencias veterinarias

Campus Universitario
Buenos Aires

Contact person:
Claudio Machado


Landwirtschaftskammer Nordrhein-Westfalen

Versuchs- und Bildungszentrum Landwirtschaft Haus Düsse
Im Wöholz 1
59556 Lippstadt-Eickelborn

Fides Marie Lenz
Fachbereich 71 - Referentin für kleine Wiederkäuer



Fulbyvej 15, 4180 Sorø og
Agrovej 1, 4800 Nykøbing F.

Contact person:
Marianne Tesdorpf, Økologikonsulent

+45 51687958

Centro de Investigación del Chaco Americano

Estancia Playada, Presidente Hayes

Conact person:
Bernardo Villalba
Human Ecology and Environmental Management

+595 981 700 771


Visaya State University

Visca, Baybay City, Leyte
Philippines 6521

Contact person:
Jimmy Pogosa

+63 53565 0600

Berner Fachhochschule BFH, Hochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und Lebensmittelwissenschaften HAFL

Oleksii Omelianenko, Advancing Sustainable agriculture in Ukraine

+380 50 403 71 30

Vestjysk Landboforening

Herningvej 3-5
6950 Ringkøbing

Contact person:
Karsten Simonsen
Anna-Sofie Bunch K.


Kolding Herreds Landbrugsforening

Niels Bohrs Vej 2
6000 Kolding
CVR-nr. 21111511

Contact person:
Inger Knude

+45 7634 1700

National Initiative for Agricultural Development

Contact person:
Asma Ali

Universität Hohenheim

Fruwirthstr. 31
70599 Stuttgart

Marlies Sitter (Studentin 2021, RISE-Anwenderin)


Unternehmensberatung für Rindvieh- und Schweinehalter Hunte-Weser e.V.

Galtener Str. 20
27232 Sulingen

Ansprechpersonen, Spezialberatung Rind:
Ernst Kreiselmeier
Linda Döring

Ansprechpersonen, Spezialberatung Schwein:
Barbara Rieger


Bioland Beratung GmbH

Kaiserstr. 18, 55116 Mainz

Contact person:
Sigrid Griese

+49 6131 239 79 17

Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen

Neckarsteige 6-10
72622 Nürtingen

Roxanne Geier


Herenboeren Foundation Netherlands

Stationsstraat 69 5281 GB Boxtel

Contact persons:
Pascal Pelders
Marjon Wijdeven
Joke Stoop

Landberatung Hermannsburg Bergen GmbH

Heideweg 4, 29229 Celle Gross Hehlen

Contact person:
Heike Bretschneider


AWADO Agrar- und Energieberatung GmbH, Standort Rendsburg

Raifeisenstrasse 12, 24768 Rendsburg

Contact person:
Martens Johann

AWADO Agrar- und Energieberatung GmbH, Standort Schwerin

Wismarsche Straße 302, 19055 Schwerin

Contact person:
Zicker Theresa

AWADO Agrar- und Energieberatung GmbH, Standort Leipzig

Augustusplatz 9, 04109 Leipzig

Contact person:
Körner Madlen

University of Ljubljana

Kongresni trg 12, 1000 Ljubljana

Contact person:
Marija Klopčič

National University of life and environmental sciences of Ukraine

Horikhuvatskyi shliakh Str.19
building 1, of.12, Kyiv

Contact person:
Andriy Getya

Stepan Gzhytskyi National University of Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnologies Lviv

Pekarska St, 50, Lviv, Lviv Oblast

Contact person:
Nataliia Mzuar

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