Alternatives in the Swiss dairy industry

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.



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.