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Matthias Stolze

Matthias Stolze
(Dr. sc. agr.)

Department of Socioeconomics
Head of Department
Ackerstrasse 113
CH-5070 Frick

Phone +41 (0)62 865-7255
Fax +41 (0)62 865-7273

Department of Socioeconomics

Landschaft mit Bauernhof

One of the issues being addressed by the socio-economics division is the question of how different parameters of agricultural policy impact on organic farming. The group is also exploring what core competencies – in areas such as business skills and sustainable management – will be required by farmers in the future. We use qualitative methods of consumer research to analyse the behaviour and confidence of consumers who buy organic products only occasionally. We also study what society requires of sustainable agriculture and what form efficient certification systems should take. Sustainability analysis is an important area of work throughout the institute. In it we explore the impacts of farming methods and food production on ecological, economic and social indicators.