Study explores sustainability of milk value chain

The Young Farmers’ Commission (JULA) of the Swiss Farmers Association recently launched a cooperation project with the College of Agricultural, Forestry and Food Sciences (HAFL).

The project examined the success factors for a successful value chain in the dairy sector.

JULA wants to show how value creation can be increased and how a sustainable milk price can be achieved. The report is addressed to all stakeholders in the milk value chain.

As part of the study, HAFL conducted an online survey with around 300 players from the dairy market and seven qualitative interviews with dairy trading companies and processing companies.

The results were discussed by around 30 representatives from the entire milk value chain. The participants then derived concrete measures on the actors, the communication and the corporate strategy, which fed into the results and recommendations of the project report.

The results show that transparent relationships between producer and processor as well as committed leaders are key prerequisites for good added value and sustainable milk prices. The improvement of the first requires clear agreements.

The study was funded by the Swiss Milk Producers (SMP) and the Swiss Farmers Association and will be available online.

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