Alternative Marktketten in der Milchproduktion: Rekonfiguration der Netzwerke und Positionen der Produzierenden

It is a challenging time for the Swiss dairy sector. While farmers are in a weak position within the industry, regional projects emerge, trying to improve their general situation.


  • Lead department School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Institute Ressourceneffiziente landwirtschaftliche Produktionssysteme
  • Research unit Internationale Landwirtschaft und ländliche Entwicklung
  • Funding organisation SNSF
  • Duration 01.01.2013 - 29.05.2015
  • Project management Karin Zbinden
  • Head of project Jérémie Forney
  • Project staff Isabel Häberli
    Jérémie Forney
    Karin Zbinden
  • Keywords Alternative agrifood networks, dairy farming, Switzerland, empowerment, embeddedness


This research project looks at the networks that are created in three case studies. The aims are to identify and foster the positive effects they have on farmers' position in the industry

Course of action

The case studies are inspired by a already long tradition of alternatives in agri-food networks. However, they still hold by several characteristics that are typical of "conventional" systems. This project looks at the logics that are mobilized by the actors and at the potential impact on the relations between them. In doing so, it contributes to the development of sustainable systems.