Degraded soils, water scarcity and a global decline in biodiversity are some of the major problems facing today's food systems. Added to this is climate change, the effects of which are already severe in many places, while future ramifications also need to be anticipated. Although agriculture is part of the problem, i.e. through overuse of natural resources and excessive use of fertiliser, it is also part of the solution. With long-term approaches such as agroecology, natural resources can be used sustainably and agroecosystems can be protected so that future generations can also farm.
Switzerland is therefore committed to the protection and sustainable use of agroecosystems in an international context. The areas of biodiversity, soil, water and climate are of particular importance.