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Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation of Swiss Agri-Environmental Measures on Sector Level

Schader, C.; Sanders, J.; Offermann, F.; Lampkin, N.H. and Stolze, M. (2008) Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation of Swiss Agri-Environmental Measures on Sector Level. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), von-Thünen-Institut, Aberystwyth University , Frick, Braunschweig, Aberystwyth.

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This paper focuses on non-linear programming models and their suitability for ex-ante evaluations of agri-environmental policies on sector level. An approach is presented to compare organic farming payments as a multi-objective policy, with other, more targeted agri-environmental policies in Switzerland. The Swiss version of the comparative static sector-consistent farm group model FARMIS is able to group the sector’s farms into organic and non-organic farms and optimise them separately.
CH-FARMIS is expanded with three modules particularly for this study: a) allowing for the simulation of uptake; b) integrating life cycle assessment data for energy use, eutrophication and biodiversity; and c) estimating the policy and farm-group-specific public expenditure, including transaction costs.
This paper illustrates the functions of the model, shows preliminary energy use calculations for the German Agricultural Sector and discusses the advantages and limitations of the approach.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:Positive mathematical programming, life cycle assessment, organic farming, environmental indicators, economic efficiency, Politikfolgenabschätzung
Subjects: Food systems > Policy environments and social economy
Research affiliation: Germany > Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - VTI > Institute of Farm Economics - BW
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics > Agripolicy
UK > Univ. Aberystwyth > Institute for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Deposited By: Winter, Carmen
ID Code:20332
Deposited On:09 Jan 2012 09:05
Last Modified:23 Aug 2012 09:33
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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