Analysis in the field of agricultural economics
Agriculture is primary production: It relies on the use of natural resources, the base of human life. Its products satisfy the very basic needs of our existence. Almost everywhere in the world, it gets a special attention from politics, in Switzerland it gets public founds and profits from import restrictions. However, the provision with food and inputs for agriculture highly depends on international trade. Nature's caprices, market forces and political intervention - all of them influence the individual farm. Is there a field of study more interesting than this one?
Decision makers in agricultural politics or in enterprises in the agri-food chain are often confronted with a high complexity. A holistic perspective and sound analyses are therefore helpful. However, the scientific distance and a good comprehension of practice must never exclude each other. Since November 2014, I am available as a freelance expert, and I hope to contribute to a base for good decisions.
I will be pleased to support associations, enterprises and administration with studies or expertise. As well, I am open for exchange and collaboration with other scientists.
Please contact me by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New articles on dairy production
In the July/August issue of the journal Agrarforschung Schweiz, there are two articles that are a result of my collaboration with Bruno Durgiai and Thomas Blättler. They contain analyses of total costs from the project Optimilk of HAFL. There are English abstracts; the full articles are available in German and French:
- Blättler Th, Durgiai B, Knapp L, Haller Th, 2015: Opti-Milk Project: economic efficiency of the high-output strategy – results from 2000 to 2010
- Blättler Th, Durgiai B, Knapp L, Haller Th, 2015: Opti-Milk Project: economic efficiency of the full-grazing strategy – results from 2000 to 2010