The project aims at reviewing a range of sustainability assessment tools and determine their relevance for agricultural policy-making in Switzerland. On that basis, different options to integrate such tools with the system of direct farm payments are explored. This involves evaluating the potential of instruments, such as SMART, which allows for sustainability comparisons among farms, and RISE, which focuses on advising farmers on how to improve sustainability.

Sector of activity
Food & Beverage

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Civil society


The project raises awareness on the need for better sustainability metrics and of how these can be put into practice in an effective and efficient manner. By reviewing the potential of existing
sustainability assessment tools, the project is taking stock of and categorising a large number of methodologies. On that basis it will be possible to develop an approach that suits the needs of government and producers alike. Ultimately this should improve the uptake of sustainable
agricultural practices.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

Policy instrument for SCP

Impact and Results


Next steps and how to get involved

Dr. Christian Schader, Head Sustainability Assessment I Leiter Nachhaltigkeitsanalyse
Department of Socioeconomics I Departement für Soziookonomie Research Institute of Organic
Agriculture (FiBL) Forschungsjnstitut für biologischen Landbau (FiBL);

Dr. Dr. habil. Stefan Mann, Forschungsgruppenleiter Soziookonomie Eidgenossisches
Departement für Wirtschaft, Bildung und Forschung WBF Agroscope Institut für
Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften INH

Dr. Jan Grenz, Dozent für Nachhaltigkeit Hochschule für Agrar-, Forst- und